Accountability under the Statistics Act

The Act to amend the Statistics Act received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017. The Act makes provisions for transparent decisions on statistical matters, such as the requirement to publish in advance the survey questions that will be requested from Canadians on a mandatory basis.

Mandatory surveys

Under the Act, the Chief Statistician has the authority to approve the collection of information on a mandatory basis.

This approach to survey collection is adopted only when thorough analysis by Statistics Canada demonstrates that mandatory survey participation is the best means to attain the quality and precision levels required to provide Canadians with accurate measures of the state of the country’s economy and society.

New mandatory surveys authorized by the Chief Statistician since December 12, 2017:

Other surveys and statistical programs

Under the Act to amend the Statistics Act, new statistical surveys are voluntary unless otherwise decided as per the provisions described above.

Statistics Canada conducts over 350 surveys and statistical programs on an ongoing basis to measure and report on the state of Canada’s economy and society. Statistics Canada has been and continues to conduct mandatory surveys because of their impact on the economy and society.

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