Why is data collection so important?

For more than 100 years, we have been entrusted to ensure that Canadians have the key information on Canada's economy, society and environment they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers. As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated through the Statistics Act to provide statistics for Canada and its provinces and territories.

What Statistics Canada does

Under the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country and provide a portrait of our population, resources, economy, society and culture.

Statistics Canada conducts over 350 surveys and statistical programs on an ongoing basis. Information is collected, compiled, analysed and published using sound statistical concepts to ensure that a true picture of Canada is understood.

This aggregated data guides policy makers and researchers in making important decisions for you. Your survey participation is essential to produce results that represent you, your community and your country.

What you need to know:

  • Statistics Canada's mission is to serve Canada with high-quality statistical information that matters.
  • Statistics Canada collects information to provide an essential picture of Canada's social, health, environmental and economic well-being.
  • For more than 100 years, we have been trusted to produce accurate data that represent you, your community and your country.

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