The Department of Industry and the other members of the Portfolio have made significant progress on a number of priorities in 2011-2012.
This past year, the Industry Portfolio has worked to strengthen Canada's business environment, support scientific research and development, encourage business-driven innovation, and modernize our laws for the digital economy. The Government of Canada has made science, technology and innovation a priority since 2006, and, as this report shows, we are continuing to fulfil our commitment.
In 2011-2012, Statistics Canada continued to provide Canadians with relevant and trusted information in response to supporting public and private decision making. Statistics Canada conducted the Census of Population, the National Household Survey and the Census of Agriculture. As well, Statistics Canada made significant progress in increasing data access. On February 1, 2012, all user charges were removed for information available on its website, including data from the CANSIM statistical database at no incremental cost to Statistics Canada.
Our government understands that innovation is one of the most important contributors to future economic growth. By creating new products and services, opening new markets and rethinking today's technologies, Canadian researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses across the country will help create new jobs, spur economic growth and ensure Canada's long-term prosperity.
As we move forward, the Industry Portfolio will continue to support government priorities while taking important steps to restore fiscal balance in the medium term. Through the right mix of strategic investment, marketplace frameworks and modern programs and services, we will continue to set the conditions for companies to succeed at home and abroad.
It is my pleasure to present the 2011-2012 Departmental Performance Report for Statistics Canada.
Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)