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Statistics Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians have the key information on Canada's economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers in a rapidly evolving world. During the 2014/2015 fiscal year, Statistics Canada will continue to deliver relevant, timely and high-quality information to Canadians in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Fiscal year 2013/2014 has been a year of substantial accomplishments, including the release of data from the 2011 National Household Survey. In the coming fiscal year, the priorities of Statistics Canada will include:

  • a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative records (such as income tax records, employment insurance records, health records, and birth registrations) and other alternative data sources to replace, complement or supplement the Agency's census and survey programs;
  • final planning and initial implementation of the 2016 Census of Population and Census of Agriculture programs;
  • completion of the Consumer Price Index enhancement project;
  • evaluation of the existing environmental statistics program against the recently-completed framework and identification and prioritization of program gaps;
  • delivery of major elements of the Corporate Business Architecture transformation projects, that aim to increase the efficiency, robustness, and responsiveness of the Agency's organizational structure, business processes and business systems;
  • significant investments in the redesign of major survey programs to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness;
  • conversion of 60 business surveys to the new Integrated Business Statistics Program in 2014, followed by additional surveys in the following three years;
  • continued development and testing of the Agency's New Dissemination Model;
  • operation of the Open Data Portal on behalf of the Government of Canada;
  • investments to facilitate Statistics Canada's integration into government-wide networks, shared data centres, telecommunications infrastructure and email solutions.

The Agency continues to pursue emerging opportunities with imagination and energy in order to deliver the greatest possible value to Canadians.

It is with great pride that I present Statistics Canada's 2014/2015 Report on Plans and Priorities.

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Wayne R. Smith
Chief Statistician of Canada