August 28, 2014
OTTAWA — Canada’s Chief Statistician, Wayne R. Smith, today made public the report on the review of the July 2014 Labour Force Survey (LFS) release.
The review concluded that “a number of factors contributed to the publication of incorrect data.” The primary factor was the lack of understanding among team members of the impact of changes made to a sub-system on the processing system as a whole.
The report contains five recommendations highlighting the need for a more integrated approach to maintenance and updates to the processing system including governance, testing, diagnostics, documentation, and communications.
Mr. Smith says the agency will proceed immediately with the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report. “As the report indicates, the LFS is a complex system with numerous checks and balances. I welcome the results of the review and believe that the recommendations will address the issue that led to this error and strengthen our quality assurance practices moving forward.”
The review was conducted by Claude Julien, Director General of the Methodology Branch and Executive responsible for the Quality Secretariat, and by Craig Kuntz, Director General of the Economy-wide Statistics Branch.
The full report, Review of the July 2014 Labour Force Survey release, is available at Review of the July 2014 Labour Force Survey release.
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