Chief Statistician's Message

Access to objective, high-quality official statistics is a fundamental requirement for an open, market economy and a democratic society. As Chief Statistician, my goal is to provide timely and high-quality information that responds to the highest priority information needs of Canadians.

In 2016-17, Statistics Canada's organizational priorities are to:

  • deliver the ongoing statistical program in conformity with Statistics Canada's Quality Assurance Framework
  • respond to the emerging and evolving information needs of data users and stakeholders
  • operate a responsive program that effectively satisfies ad hoc statistical requests on a cost-recovery basis
  • enhance the efficiency, responsiveness and robustness of the Agency's operations.

To address these priorities, the Agency will conduct the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture; introduce new surveys to meet data gaps, notably in the area of children's health; redesign several current surveys to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness; and increase the use of administrative data to replace or complement survey data where appropriate.

In 2016-17, Statistics Canada will respond to the priorities outlined by the new government. These priorities include restoring the mandatory long-form census, updating legislation governing Statistics Canada to reinforce the institution's independence, and improving access to publicly available data in Canada.

Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring the relevance and quality of Canada's statistics and will continue to review and renew its statistical programs to ensure information is relevant and is produced and delivered as efficiently as possible.

I invite you to visit the Agency's website to learn more about our many data and information products. Your feedback is always welcome.

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Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada

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