Appropriate minister: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P.
Institutional head: Anil Arora
Ministerial portfolio: Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Year of incorporation / commencement: The Dominion Bureau of Statistics was established in 1918. In 1971, with the revision of the Statistics Act, the agency became Statistics Canada.
Other: Under the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is required to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.
Statistics Canada has two primary objectives:
- to provide statistical information and analysis of the economic and social structure and functioning of Canadian society as a basis for developing, operating and evaluating public policies and programs; for public and private decision making; and for the general benefit of all Canadians
- to promote the quality, coherence and international comparability of Canada's statistics through collaboration with other federal departments and agencies, with the provinces and territories, and in accordance with sound scientific standards and practices.
Statistics Canada's head office is located in Ottawa. There are regional offices located in Halifax, Sherbrooke, Montréal, Toronto, Sturgeon Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. The agency also has data service centres (DSCs) in Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The main role of the DSCs is to inform and support users with possible avenues for their needs by offering workshop series, webinars, open houses and more. There are also 31 research data centres located throughout the country. These centres provide researchers with access to microdata from population and household survey programs in a secure university setting. Canadians can follow the agency on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, feeds and YouTube.
Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do
Strong data and evidence are crucial to good decision making. All parts of society—governments, businesses and individuals—count on high-quality, timely and detailed statistics to make decisions. Among its many applications, statistical information is used to draw electoral boundaries, determine international tariffs, inform trade negotiations, analyze economic performance, select sites for schools and public transportation, and support immigration policies and programs.
Mandate and role
Statistics Canada produces data that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture. As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for Canada and each of the provinces and territories. The agency also conducts a Census of Population and a Census of Agriculture every five years, providing a detailed picture of Canadian society. Statistics Canada operates under the authority of the Statistics Act and is committed to protecting the confidentiality of the information with which it is entrusted.
The agency promotes the quality and coherence of Canada's statistics through collaboration with international organizations, federal departments and agencies, and the provinces and territories. As a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the agency endorses the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, which help define what constitutes a good system of official statistics and what role that system should play in a national government.
For more information on the agency's organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Mandate Letter.
Operating context and key risks
Information on operating context and key risks is available on the Statistics Canada website.
Statistics Canada's Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2018–19 are shown below.
Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory
Departmental Results Framework
- Core Responsibility: Statistical Information
Statistics Canada produces objective high-quality statistical information for the whole of Canada. The statistical information produced relates to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic, environmental and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.
- Result 1: Statistical information is of high quality.
- Indicator 1: # of post-release corrections due to accuracy
- Indicator 2: # of international forums of which Statistics Canada is a member
- Indicator 3: % of international standards with which Statistics Canada conforms
- Result 2: Statistical information is available and accessed.
- Indicator 1: # of visits to the StatCan website
- Indicator 2: % of website visitors that found what they were looking for
- Indicator 3: # of interactions on social media
- Indicator 4: # of data products available on the website
- Indicator 5: # of data tables available on Open Data Portal
- Result 3: Statistical information is relevant.
- Indicator 1: # of media citations on Statistics Canada data
- Indicator 2: # of journal citations
- Indicator 3: % of users satisfied with statistical information
- Result 1: Statistical information is of high quality.
- Internal Services
- Economic and Environmental Statistics
- Socio-Economic Statistics
- Cost-Recovered Statistical Services
- Centres of Expertise
Supporting information on the Program Inventory
Financial, human resources and performance information for Statistics Canada's Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.
Supplementary information tables
The following supplementary information tables are available on the Statistics Canada website:
- Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
- Gender-based Analysis Plus
- Response to parliamentary committees and external audits
Federal tax expenditures
The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.
Organizational contact information
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