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Response to Parliamentary Committees

Response to the Tenth Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (PACP), “Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data—Statistics Canada, of the Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada,” November 2014.

On October 30, 2014, PACP examined the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s (OAG) chapter and made one recommendation involving Statistics Canada. The PACP report provided an overview of the audit and of the findings of the Auditor General of Canada, highlighting the overall positive results of the audit and indicating Statistics Canada’s agreement with the OAG’s five recommendations for improvements and progress made to date in implementing its action plan.

Recommendation: That, by April 30, 2015, Statistics Canada provide the Standing Committee on Public Accounts with a report outlining its progress in implementing the Office of the Auditor General’s recommendations in Chapter 8 of the Spring 2014 Report.

PACP Report

Government response and status update

On March 18, 2015, the government tabled its response to the PACP and provided a status update indicating that, as of January 2015, Statistics Canada had fully implemented all five of the Auditor General’s recommendations.

The five OAG recommendations were:

  • Statistics Canada should obtain, document and analyze ongoing feedback from the full range of its data users to ensure the continued relevance of its data products.
  • A formal and routine process should be implemented so that the full range of users is represented on Statistics Canada’s subject-matter advisory committees. There should also be turnover in their membership to ensure the Agency is aware of, and responsive to, evolving needs.
  • Statistics Canada should assess the feasibility of more fully addressing user needs for data from small areas and subpopulations.
  • Statistics Canada should ensure that the guidance it provides for users of its data is comprehensive and up to date, and that it supports the needs of the full range of users.
  • To meet priority data needs, Statistics Canada should systematically assess whether it should continue conducting externally funded surveys after funding ceases.

The government stated that the Agency will continue to ensure the quality of its statistical programs and is committed to maintaining the integrity of national data sources, as this is a key factor in decision making at all levels of government.

Government Response to the PACP Report

Management Response and Action Plan (MRAP), submitted to PACP by Statistics Canada 

Response to the Auditor General (including the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

In May 2014, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) tabled an audit of Statistics Canada entitled Meeting the Needs of Key Statistical Users. The audit’s objective was to determine whether Statistics Canada ensures the quality of the key socio-economic information it produces and whether it generates this information efficiently and in response to priority user needs. The examination focused on four data products: the Consumer Price Index, the Labour Force Survey, the National Household Survey, and the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours. The OAG made five recommendations, which are found in the report together with Statistics Canada’s responses. Statistics Canada continues to make changes in response to the OAG’s recommendations and to provide progress reports to the Departmental Audit Committee.

Response to external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

There were none in the past fiscal year.