As Minister of Industry, I am pleased that the Industry Portfolio is building on these strengths by encouraging innovation, modernizing Canada’s marketplace policies, and effectively managing programs and services.
In further developing the federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, the Industry Portfolio aims to strengthen the private sector’s participation in Canadian science and technology, knowledge and innovation. This year, small and medium-sized enterprises will also be better served by improved access to information, programs and services offered by Industry Canada, the portfolio partners and the Government of Canada.
In 2014/2015, 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. The Agency will continue to look for ways to reduce the burden of collecting statistics through an ongoing review of the scope of the use of administrative data, finalize preparations for the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture, and complete the Consumer Price Index enhancement project. Beginning in 2014/2015, the Agency will use its environment statistics conceptual framework to identify and prioritize data gaps in environmental statistics. As well, Statistics Canada will make investments to facilitate its integration into government-wide networks, shared data centres, telecommunications infrastructure and email solutions.
In support of the government’s efforts to return to fiscal balance, the Industry Portfolio will continue to ensure financial and human resources are managed responsibly and efficiently.
This year’s Report on Plans and Priorities defines our approach to supporting a competitive marketplace; facilitating advancements in science, technology and innovation, and their resulting economic and social benefits; and driving the competitiveness of Canadian businesses and communities. On behalf of the Industry Portfolio, I am confident we will meet our objectives and fulfill the promise of another successful year.
The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Industry