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Released: 2019-12-04

Quality is a cultural element that is fundamental in fulfilling the mandate of Canada's statistical system, which is to produce information. The Quality Guidelines are a companion document to the Quality Assurance Framework. Their main objective is to provide a fairly comprehensive list of guiding principles and best practices to apply during a statistical business process.

This sixth edition of the Quality Guidelines aligns with the continuous need for update and has three objectives: a) to provide all data producers in the Canadian statistical system with a reference document; b) to adapt to the increasing prevalence of administrative data by covering the main statistical business processes; and c) to facilitate compliance with current quality assurance methods. It has two main sections: the first covers product quality and the second addresses the quality of processes in a statistical business activity.


The sixth edition of the Statistics Canada Quality Guidelines (Catalogue number12-539-X) is now available.

Statistics Canada's Quality Assurance Framework (Catalogue number12-586-X) and the Data Quality Toolkit are also available.

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