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I am pleased to present Statistics Canada's 2015/2016 Report on Plans and Priorities.

As Chief Statistician of Canada, my goal is to ensure that Canadians have access to a trusted source of statistics which meets their highest priority information needs. For the 2015/2016 fiscal year, our priorities are to:

  • deliver the ongoing statistical program of economic and social indicators 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; and
  • enhance the efficiency, responsiveness and robustness of the Agency's operations.

To address these priorities, the Agency will undertake a number of activities including: preparing for the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture; introducing new surveys to meet data gaps such as in the area of job vacancies and wages; redesigning several current surveys to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness; and seeking opportunities to increase the use of administrative data to replace or complement survey data where appropriate.

Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring the relevance and quality of the nation's statistics. I invite readers to learn more about the work of their national statistical agency by visiting our website. Your feedback is always welcome.

The original version was signed by

Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada