In response to the continuing challenges facing the global economy, our government is determined to keep Canada strong and prosperous by creating the right conditions for businesses to invest in innovation, create jobs and grow our economy.
As Minister of Industry, I am pleased that the Industry Portfolio continues to play a key role in promoting innovation, improving Canada's marketplace policies, and efficiently managing programs and services. In doing so, we are advancing Canada's international position by supporting business growth, research and development, and targeted investment.
In refreshing the science and technology strategy and its priorities, we will strengthen federal support for business innovation and continue to build Canada's knowledge-based economy.
In 2013–14, Statistics Canada will continue its tradition of providing Canadians with accurate, timely and objective information on the state of Canada's economy, environment and society. Priorities include disseminating results from the 2011 National Household Survey and the Survey of Financial Security, continuing to make enhancements to the Consumer Price Index and expanding the use of administrative data to reduce the response burden. Statistics Canada will also begin the planning and development of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture.
In fulfilling its mandate, the Industry Portfolio will prudently manage its financial and human resources and will play its part in the government's efforts to return to fiscal balance.
This year's Report on Plans and Priorities for Statistics Canada articulates our approach to modernizing the Canadian marketplace, boosting innovation, and helping drive the competitiveness of Canadian businesses and communities. On behalf of the Department and Portfolio, I look forward to working with my Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues, as well as with the private sector and other levels of government, to accomplish these objectives.
Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)