Plans at a glance

Statistics Canada has an ambitious agenda for 2018–19 and beyond. We plan to address the needs of governments, businesses and individuals for trusted data that will help improve the well-being of Canadians.

Government priorities: Supporting the Innovation and Skills Plan

We are supporting key government priorities, including Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan. We provide statistical information, which enables the tracking and measurement of program results. We also began to lay the foundation of a modernization initiative, to meet the evolving information needs of this growing digital economy and society. We are modernizing each step of the statistical process, from initial data collection to final data use, while increasing quality and statistical rigour.

Pathfinder projects: Advancing through experimentation

To lead the modernization initiative, we are moving forward with four pathfinder projects. The valuable lessons learned from these projects will help us further define and refine the modernization plan. The projects are Towards Measuring Cannabis, the Canadian Housing Statistics Program, the Transition to a Low-carbon Economy and Measuring Growth in International Visitors to Canada.

Building on the success of the 2016 Census and preparing for the 2021 Census

To prepare for the 2021 Census, we are evaluating census content to ensure that it is relevant for evidence-based decision making at all levels of government and for data users across Canada. We conducted extensive strategic consultation with Canadians to support this evaluation. In addition, we are continuing to research and develop future census methodologies.

Key priorities for ongoing programs

Statistics Canada will continue to deliver the ongoing program of economic and social indicators. We produce a wide range of economic and environmental indicators that allow policy makers, businesspeople and ordinary Canadians to make informed, evidence-based decisions on almost every aspect of living in society. Moreover, we produce a broad range of social domains to support and inform evidence-based decision-making for the public and private sectors, and are responding to emerging new social topics with various data strategies. Statistics Canada also plays an active role in the world stage, supporting international communities of statistical practice and enhancing knowledge sharing in key areas through bilateral and multilateral engagements.

Data lead for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Government of Canada launched the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, which is the primary vehicle for sustainable development planning and reporting. Statistics Canada, with its expertise in data collection and analytics, will play a leading role in ensuring that the information reported is accurate and of high quality. This will include launching a data portal to track all indicators for the 17 goals.

Gender-based analysis plus

The Government of Canada has committed to using Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to consider and measure the differential impacts of programs, policies and other initiatives from a gender, diversity and inclusion perspective. Statistics Canada's primary role in GBA+ is to provide sex-disaggregated data and analyses on a broad range of social and economic subjects, and to exercise leadership in supporting the commitment of departments to GBA+. Statistics Canada will create a new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics, a Centre that will act as GBA+ data hub to support future, evidence-based policy development and decision-making.

Statistics Canada's 100th anniversary

Statistics Canada will mark its centennial in 2018. We have developed a one-year plan to look back on a century of scientific and statistical achievements while simultaneously looking forward as we innovate and embrace our modernization agenda for a data-driven economy and society.


For more information on Statistics Canada's plans, priorities and planned results, see the "Planned results" section of this report.

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