One Hundred Years and Counting

Catalogue number: Catalogue number: 11-629-x

Issue number: 2018002

Release date: March 16, 2018
One Hundred Years and Counting - Transcript

(The Statistics Canada symbol and Canada wordmark appear on screen with the title: "One Hundred Years and Counting")

One hundred years of reliable, relevant, and trusted data.

(A book appears on screen over the Statistics Canada Campus at Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa. The cover reads "Statistics Canada: One Hundred Years and Counting" with years counting up from 1918 to 2018. The book opens.)

Let's look back on our journey with Canada.

(Various historical photos appear on the screen: a woman operating a machine for the 1971 Census, a group shot of the employees of the Census and Vital Statistics Branch in 1931, a census-taker with a bag, employees preparing material for the 1966 Census.)

Our leaders have shaped the agency into one that others around the world can look up to.

(Pictures of all the Chief Statisticians cross the screen, beginning with Robert H. Coats and ending with Anil Arora.)

In the early days, the Dominion Statistician and his first 67 employees worked in a small office. Since then, we've grown and called a few places home.

(Historical photos of employees processing statistics in the coding room and employees punching cards. Various images of previous Statistics Canada offices, including the Canadian Building in Ottawa, the Daly Building, the R. H. Coats Building and Tunney's Pasture campus. Images of an employee mapping and another with bags of outgoing mail.)

We know that Canadians rely on our data to help them understand our country and make informed decisions, so our collection methods are always transforming with the times.

(Images of employees working with CANSIM, an enumerator for the Census of Agriculture with a farmer, another enumerator with cows. Images of an enumerator with Aboriginal peoples, a respondent filling out and returning his questionnaire by mail with his family, an employee conducting a computer-assisted telephone interview.)

The ways that people interact and communicate with one another have changed over the century, and we've changed too, using new tools to give you the information that matters.

(Data users of the past and present consult Statistics Canada sources: a Recordak microfilm reader, a publication in Statistics Canada Library, Statistics Canada's Twitter account on a computer, The Daily on a smartphone.)

We've adapted to the times and integrated new technologies to build a future - a future based on the value of numbers, and the value of the relationships we've forged.

(Various images of technology used by Statistics Canada: a pantograph machine, inventor Fernand Bélisle designing mechanical tabulators, employee operating the IBM 705 III computer, employees working with personal computers, employee working with CANSIM. Images of employees through the ages: employees working in a warehouse, employees working in a modern workplace, employees promoting the 1981 Census at a fair, employees leaving by plane for early enumeration in the Western Arctic.)

We owe our success to a century of employee excellence, and it has been our privilege to collaborate with Canadians like you, who've contributed so much to make us who we are today.

(Images include: employees pledging their oath of secrecy, employees drawing charts, telephone operators, modern employees in a meeting, an employee of client services speaking on a headset, another employee working in a print shop, and more quick shots of various employees at work throughout the last century.)

Let's continue to write Canada's story together.

(Text appears on screen: "Let's continue to write Canada's story together.")

(Canada wordmark appears.)

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