Additional information

Organizational profile

Appropriate minister[s]: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P.

Institutional head: Anil Arora

Ministerial portfolio: Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Enabling instrument[s]:

Year of incorporation / commencement: The Dominion Bureau of Statistics was established in 1918. In 1971, with the revision of the Statistics Act, the agency became Statistics Canada.

Other: Under the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is required to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.

Statistics Canada has two primary objectives:

  • to provide statistical information and analysis of the economic and social structure and functioning of Canadian society, as a basis for developing, operating and evaluating public policies and programs; for public and private decision making; and for the general benefit of all Canadians
  • to promote the quality, coherence and international comparability of Canada’s statistics through collaboration with other federal departments and agencies, with the provinces and territories, and in accordance with sound scientific standards and practices.

Statistics Canada's head office is located in Ottawa. There are regional offices across the country in Halifax, Sherbrooke, Montréal, Toronto, Sturgeon Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. There are also 27 research data centres located throughout the country. These centres provide researchers with access to microdata from population and household survey programs in a secure university setting. Canadians can follow the agency on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, feeds and YouTube.

Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

"Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do" is available on the Statistics Canada website.

For more information on the agency's organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister's mandate letter.

Reporting framework

Statistics Canada's Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2019–20 are shown below.

Departmental Results Framework

  • Core Responsibility: Statistical Information
    Statistics Canada produces objective, high-quality statistical information for the whole of Canada. The statistical information produced relates to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic, environmental and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.
    • Result 1: Statistical information is of high quality.
      • Indicator 1: # of post-release corrections because of accuracy
      • Indicator 2: # of international forums of which Statistics Canada is a member
      • Indicator 3: % of international standards with which Statistics Canada conforms
    • Result 2: Statistical information is available and accessed.
      • Indicator 1: # of visits to the Statistics Canada website
      • Indicator 2: % of website visitors who found what they were looking for
      • Indicator 3: # of interactions on social media
      • Indicator 4: # of data products available on the website
      • Indicator 5: # of data tables available on Open Data Portal
    • Result 3: Statistical information is relevant.
      • Indicator 1: # of media citations on Statistics Canada data
      • Indicator 2: # of journal citations
      • Indicator 3: % of users satisfied with statistical information
  • Internal Services

Program Inventory

  • Economic and Environmental Statistics
  • Socioeconomic Statistics
  • Censuses
  • Cost-Recovered Statistical Services
  • Centres of Expertise

Supporting information on the Program Inventory

Financial, human resources and performance information for Statistics Canada's Program Inventory is available in GC InfoBase.

Supplementary information tables

The following supplementary information tables are available on Statistics Canada's website:

Federal tax expenditures

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information


Toll-free: 1-800-263-1136
International: 1-514-283-8300
TTY: 1-800-363-7629

1-877-287-4369 or 613-951-0581

Statistics Canada
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0T6

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