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StatCan Blog, January 2015

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Released: 2015-01-21

Quality, as usual

This month marks the second birthday of the StatCan Blog. It also offered the blog editor the opportunity to sit down with Chief Statistician Wayne R. Smith for a wide-ranging interview, looking back at both the challenges and successes the agency experienced in 2014, and the road ahead.

Statistics Canada's work and reputation are built on four cornerstones: relevance, credibility, competence and efficiency, said Mr. Smith. Each plays a key role in ensuring the agency can produce data that matter to Canadians in a way that is neutral, credible, efficient and based on best practices and technologies.

In 2014, Statistics Canada undertook major work to update existing programs, like the Consumer Price Index, and also delivered new products, like the gross domestic product estimates by census metropolitan area. The dialogue with data users also continued, as the agency held extensive national consultations to refine its website. When its redesign is complete, the website will offer visitors a more dynamic and exhaustive source of information to satisfy their statistical needs.

In 2015, Statistics Canada will gear up for the 2016 Census, which remains the federal government's largest peacetime initiative. The agency will also work to meet new information needs in several other key areas: energy statistics, environmental statistics, financial indicators, wealth, child health and labour markets.

The January 2015 edition of the StatCan Blog is now available from the Stay Connected module of our website.

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