Archived – Program 5: Cost-recovered Statistical Services

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Description

This activity produces high-quality, cost-recovered statistical services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. The projects are grouped according to type, with the groupings comprising projects that involve Economic and Environmental Statistics, Socio-economic Statistics, the Censuses, as well as Statistical Infrastructure and Internal Services.

Table 1 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Main Estimates
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
0 0 0 0
Table 2 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
616 616 616

The Agency's statistical program is funded from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. In recent years, 'respendable' cost-recovery revenues have contributed $90 to $100 million, annually, to the Agency's total resources. A large portion of these respendable revenues comes from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects. All numbers in the Financial Resources table are presented net of respendable revenue based on government-wide presentation standards. All numbers in the Human Resources table include FTEs funded by respendable revenue. For information on the Cost-recovered Statistical Services Program, please refer to the Departmental Spending Trend Graph, which can be found in Section I.

Table 3 Performance Measurement
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers, institutions and private sector clients use Statistics Canada's cost recovery services. Volume of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys 264 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys $80,698,000 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Custom Requests and Workshops $5,729,000 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

By undertaking cost-recovery work, Statistics Canada fulfills its second strategic outcome and ensures that data are made available to all Canadians. Key federal departments, such as Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics. These services include surveys, microdata linkages, special tabulations, impact studies, satellite accounts and associated studies. The Centre for Special Business Projects was created to provide a centre of expertise and coordination in providing cost-recovery services related to business statistics.

Several federal departments and provincial and territorial governments also rely on Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services for socio-economic statistics. The federal departments include Employment and Social Development Canada, Industry Canada, the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada and the Department of National Defence. Services used include cost-recovery surveys, microdata linkages, microsimulation modeling, tabulations and feasibility studies. Special Surveys Division is the centre of expertise in coordinating and providing cost-recovery services related to social statistics.

Sub-program 5.1: Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics

Description

This activity produces high-quality, cost-recovered economic and environmental outputs that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients.

This program designs, implements, analyzes, and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys and newly created databases for external clients, to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include the surveys of small and medium-sized enterprises, the digital economy, construction wage rates, Internet use, household energy use, and household interaction with the environment.

Cost-recovered analytical projects, research and database creation, including those conducted in the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research, and micro-simulations are also part in this program.

Table 4 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 5 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
0 0 0
Table 6 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers, institutions and private sector clients use Statistics Canada's cost recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics. Volume of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys 92 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys $17,422,000 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Custom Requests and Workshops $2,102,000 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

In 2015/2016, Statistics Canada will continue to undertake cost-recovery activities related to economic and environmental statistics. These activities will include conducting surveys in the areas of energy, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, science and technology.

Sub-program 5.2: Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics

Description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered socio-economic outputs that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients.

This program designs, implements, analyses and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys and newly-created databases for external clients to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include surveys on public service employment, employment insurance and labour market, young Canadians, literacy and education, Aboriginal peoples, community-related activities such as resiliency, and health including tobacco use.

Cost-recovered analytical projects and research, the Longitudinal Immigration Database, population projections for specific sub-populations or based on customised sets of assumptions, demographic projections and micro-simulations are also included in this program.

Table 7 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 8 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
0 0 0
Table 9 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers, institutions and private sector clients use Statistics Canada's cost recovery services related to socio-economic statistics. Volume of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys 138 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Statistical Surveys and Related Surveys $53,587,000 March 31, 2016
Value of cost-recovery contracts conducted by Statistics Canada - Custom Requests and Workshops $2,017,000 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

In 2015/2016, the Agency will continue to undertake cost-recovery activities related to socio-economic statistics; specifically, conducting surveys and microdata linkages in the areas of health, justice, education, labour, and social and economic statistics.

Sub-program 5.3: Cost-recovered Services related to the Censuses

Description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered outputs related to the Censuses that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients.

This program designs, implements, analyses and disseminates the results of large-scale or complex surveys for external clients to provide useful information to the broadest possible spectrum of users. Examples include linking of the Census database to other surveys or administrative databases for analytical purposes as well as production of statistics for small geographic areas.

Table 10 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 11 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
0 0 0
Table 12 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers, institutions and private sector clients use Statistics Canada's cost recovery services related to the Censuses. Value of cost-recovery projects and analytical products conducted by Statistics Canada related to the Censuses - Custom Requests and Workshops $913,000 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

The Census of Population Program provides standard data products free of charge to meet a wide variety of users' needs. Custom tabulations are continually produced to meet the needs of clients in terms of content, geography, format and output medium, including derivation of new variables, and creation of customized geographic products and workplace coding.

There are no external cost-recovery services related to the censuses for 2015/2016 planned at this time.

Sub-program 5.4: Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure

Description

This activity produces high-quality, cost-recovered outputs related to statistical infrastructures that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. An example is the imaging/data capture of the E311 Travel Declaration Cards for Canadians for the Canadian Border Services Agency.

This activity also produces high-quality, cost-recovered programs that provide access to Statistics Canada's public-use and confidential microdata, including the Data Liberation Initiative, which provides access to Public Use Microdata Files in the libraries of post-secondary institutions.

Other services include the Research Data Centres that currently supply secure access to detailed microdata files in 26 universities, and in one research institute across Canada, as well as the Real Time Remote Access program, which provides access remotely, in more or less real time, to researchers who submit code and receive automatically-vetted output back.

A portion of the revenues allocated to cover statistical infrastructure costs in support of all cost-recovered statistical services is also reflected in this program.

Table 13 Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015/2016
Planned Spending
2016/2017
Planned Spending
2017/2018
Planned Spending
0 0 0
Table 14 Human Resources (Full-time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
0 0 0
Table 15 Performance Measurement
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Government policy makers, institutions and private sector clients use the services for data capture and imaging, coding and access to Statistics Canada's microdata files, customized to meet their needs. Percentage of Collection Operation Service Agreements (COSA) components that are met (cost recovery) 100% March 31, 2016
Number of post-secondary institutions, governmental and other organizations receiving access to microdata files 80 March 31, 2016
Number of cycles of confidential microdata files and public use microdata files available to Canadian post-secondary institutions, research data centres and other institutions 1,720 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

In 2015/2016, the Research Data Centres (RDC) Program will work to increase the number and type of available data files, and to facilitate data access by enhancing metadata and improving the technological infrastructure.

Access programs will continue to expand their data holdings by adding new and existing Statistics Canada surveys. The Agency will also expand RDC data holdings through development projects to link survey data and administrative data, through the development of access tools, and through increased access to administrative data.

Several projects focus on improving the format and structure of metadata and on developing a search tool to enhance researchers' ability to discover data in Statistics Canada's microdata.

The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) continues to expand its research holdings with newly released files and to expand access to end-users. A project to open access to the DLI's discovery portal is in development, allowing more researchers and students at DLI institutions to view and search survey metadata and to access variable-level information on microdata files.

A mid- to long-term goal of the RDC Program is to move to a centralized thin-client informatics infrastructure, which will ensure better control over confidential data and be consistent with activities in other countries. In 2015/2016, the Agency will continue to move towards achieving this goal.

The Agency will also increase the capacity of its real-time, remote-access tool to further expand access for academic, federal, provincial and territorial researchers to work with microdata remotely.

The Agency will continue to support past participants of the International Statistical Fellowship Program and to provide technical assistance as needed. This program is a five-year initiative led by Statistics Canada and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) to strengthen national statistical systems in developing countries, address gaps in leadership and management, and create the capacity to produce reliable statistics.

The Agency will also engage in program and knowledge-transfer activities, such as joint training with international organizations, regional symposiums, and the documentation of best managerial practices.

Sub-program 5.5: Cost-recovered Services related to Internal Services

This sub-program is no longer used. Internal Services are treated as indirect costs and as such are embedded in sub-programs 5.1 to 5.4 where outputs are generated and performance can be measured.

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