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Description

Statistical infrastructure comprises activities and services that are administered to support a strong statistical system.

Professional and Statistical Services include the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), the development and provision of statistical metadata, the development and maintenance of registers of enterprises and addresses for statistical purposes, and the provision of advice with respect to the Statistics Act, and data-sharing agreements.

Operational Statistical Services provide support to data collection activities for Statistics Canada's surveys, such as data capture, coding, editing, interviewer hiring and training, and the provision of advice to clients regarding statistical products. It also includes the production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, online databases, as well as the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle, The Daily.

The Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program includes the co-ordination of the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

Table 1 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Main Estimates
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
105,110,975 105,110,975 95,309,148 93,750,011
Table 2 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
1,123 1,142 1,146

The decrease in planned spending from 2015/2016 represents the transfer of the inflation budget to programs, and the increase in FTEs is related to program efficiencies that will transfer FTEs to this program.

Table 3 Performance Measurement
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
An infrastructure of statistical services and activities is administered to support an effective statistical system. Percentage of programs using methodology services 100% March 31, 2016
Percentage of programs using statistical infrastructure services 100% March 31, 2016
Percentage of programs using operational statistical services 100% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

In 2015/2016, the Statistical Infrastructure Program will continue to undertake the activities for which it is responsible, and to perform the services that it administers to support a strong statistical system. The highlights of these activities are described in the three sub-program write-ups that follow.

Sub-program 4.1: Professional and Statistical Services

Description

The Professional and Statistical Services Program develops sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), and statistical metadata; and prepares and maintains registers of households, farms, and other businesses and organizations for the purpose of conducting surveys and censuses.

This program is also responsible for acquiring statistical data from Canada Revenue Agency and other administrative sources in order to make these data available to other programs throughout the Agency. Research activities aimed at providing practical solutions related to survey and questionnaire design, the analysis of survey data, and other specific topics are undertaken, and expert advice on survey methodology is provided to an international audience. The program also provides Agency-specific legal services relating to the Statistics Act and to data sharing agreements.

Professional and Statistical Services also carries out research and development activities relating to a number of areas, such as statistical methodology, data collection, and operational activities, assists large complex business enterprises with data collection requirements, and enables access to microdata for research purposes.

Table 4 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
24,978,766 25,747,594 26,107,412
Table 5 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
244 244 244
Table 6 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Programs within Statistics Canada implement state-of-the-art statistical theory and survey methods, standardized concepts, statistical classifications, and registers in the production of statistical outputs. Number of programs that undergo a review of their methodology and/or statistical infrastructure 4 March 31, 2016
Percentage of programs reviewed to which the methodology and/or statistical infrastructure provided approved solutions 100% March 31, 2016
Proportion of the proposed solutions that were adopted by the programs 80% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

In 2015/2016, Statistics Canada will work with other federal departments and agencies and will explore the extent to which significant gains could be made:

  • if administrative programs and data collections were modified to better support statistical uses;
  • if greater engagement in the effort could be secured from provinces and territories; and,
  • if existing legislative and policy frameworks were modified to strongly support the statistical use of administrative data sources.

Under the Corporate Business Architecture initiative, Statistics Canada has established a common corporate statistical information management policy framework. Over the next three years, implementation of data service centres will provide a corporate registry of all statistical assets, as well as an access service to efficiently share and reuse these assets across the Agency.

Statistics Canada's statistical programs rely on sound, proven and robust methodologies developed through research and experimentation. Many of these methodologies are implemented with the use of generalized systems. Statistics Canada will develop new functionalities in confidentiality protection, time-series analysis and record linkage. It will experiment with a prototype system to produce reliable statistical information to address user needs for data from small areas and subpopulations. To further support the Agency and its programs in delivering quality information, the Quality Assurance Framework will be updated to reflect new best management practices developed within the Agency and other statistical organizations in recent years.

Sub-program 4.2: Operational Statistical Services

Description

Operational statistical services comprise those activities and services relating to the collection of data from respondents; the entry of data into computer systems; the coding of data into standard categories; and the processing of data obtained from other government organizations or administrative sources, rather than directly from respondents.

This sub-program also includes the activities associated with the release of the Agency's information to the public. Examples include the production of, online databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle, The Daily.

The program also oversees the hiring and training of interviewers to support ongoing, ad-hoc and cost-recovered surveys, and provides an Advisory Services function, including the National Contact Centre.

Table 7 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
57,409,710 58,776,256 58,590,400
Table 8 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
534 527 519
Table 9 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Subject-matter divisions use modern and state-of-the-art statistical services to support program delivery. Percentage of collection and operations service agreements (COSA) components that are met (Main Estimates) 75% March 31, 2016
The information needs of users who contact Statistics Canada are met. Percentage of clients who receive the information that they requested 90% March 31, 2016
Canadians use the Statistics Canada website to meet their information needs. Percentage of website visitors that found the information they were looking for 75% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

For efficient operations, Statistics Canada needs to be able to start a survey in any mode (paper, e-questionnaire, telephone interview or personal interview), to pursue collection of the survey using any combination of modes and to do so at optimal times, and to move cases securely and easily between its multiple call centres, as well as its personal interviewers working out of their own homes. The Integrated Collection and Operation System (ICOS) initiative focuses on developing collection systems to achieve the targeted level of flexibility between modes and sites; at the same time, it takes full advantage of the Internet for e-questionnaires.

Throughout 2014, a series of pilots took place to collect data using the ICOS Collection Management Portal. Statistics Canada is analyzing results to elaborate and implement enhancements. The portal will support the Census of Population Program, in 2016, and ongoing data collection beginning in 2017.

Electronic questionnaire development has progressed well over the past few years, supporting and integrating with ICOS. Development of the business requirements remains a priority to ensure that the tool will provide all the functionality needed for efficient data collection.

The 2014/2015 fiscal year was the third year of a key, four-year project to update and modernize Statistics Canada's dissemination strategy. In 2015/2016, the Agency will launch the revised dissemination platform and approach.

As Canada's national statistical office, Statistics Canada was well-positioned to redevelop and host the Government of Canada's next-generation Open Data Portal. The portal went live in the spring of 2013, and upcoming activities include maintaining and enhancing the portal and continuing to provide support to federal government departments that use it.

Sub-program 4.3: Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program

Description

This program coordinates the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

 

Table 10 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
22,722,499 10,785,298 9,052,199
Table 11 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
345 371 383
Table 12 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
The continuity and quality of Statistics Canada's ongoing programs is being maintained through the integrated strategic planning process. Percentage of the investments in the Continuity and Quality Maintenance Investment Plan (CQMIP) implemented as planned 80% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

The Agency's core strategy for ensuring robustness is to develop and maintain a 10-year plan that identifies all investments required to ensure the efficiency, continuity and quality of all statistical programs. This plan is a key part of the Integrated Strategic Planning Process, a rigorous multi-year planning framework that incorporates all Agency requirements for financial, information technology and human resources.

In 2015/2016, the 10-year plan includes investments in the redesign of major survey programs to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness; in the introduction and implementation of relevant standards, such as the new International Monetary Fund standard for government finance statistics; and in a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative and other alternative data sources to replace, complement or supplement the Agency's statistical programs.

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