About us

Our mission: Serving Canada with high-quality statistical information that matters.

What we do

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces and territories.

Objective statistical information is vital to an open and democratic society. It provides a solid foundation for informed decisions by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as individual Canadians. As a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, Statistics Canada endorses the Fundamental principles of official statistics.

We at Statistics Canada are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all information entrusted to us and to ensuring that the information we deliver is timely and relevant to Canadians.

Our data

  • Advisory groups
    Emerging issues prompt demands for new kinds of data. Maintaining the relevance of our program by meeting these information needs is one of Statistics Canada's primary goals. This is why Statistics Canada relies on many advisory groups.
  • Stakeholders
    Statistics Canada has a wide range of stakeholders. These are groups that we depend on to supply data and share expertise as well as those that benefit from the information we produce.
  • How data are used
  • Review of Quality Assurance Practices

Administrative data

What are administrative data?

Administrative data refer to information collected by government agencies and/or private sector companies in support of their operations. Examples include records of births and deaths, taxation records, records about the flow of goods and people across borders, and data collected by satellites.

How are administrative data used?

Statistics Canada uses administrative data for statistical purposes only to complement survey data, or in lieu of surveys and to support statistical operations. Using administrative data means the agency is able to improve data quality, meet new and ongoing information needs, reduce data collection costs and save time for Canadians who respond to our surveys.

What's the benefit?

It saves time and money. Canadians do not have to supply the same information to various government organizations over and over again. Administrative data are especially helpful for obtaining data pertaining to populations or topics that may be difficult or costly to obtain by survey.

What about confidentiality?

Administrative data obtained by Statistics Canada are used solely for statistical purposes and are treated with the same degree of scrutiny, confidentiality and security as data collected in surveys.

At Statistics Canada, the use and protection of all data, including administrative data, is governed by the Statistics Act, the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act.

Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

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Behind every number: A portrait of Canada

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