Quality Assurance Framework

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The role of Statistics Canada is to provide credible and relevant statistical information to the public, to inform decision-making and to help Canadians better understand their country. The trust of the Canadian people is earned and maintained through transparent and responsible management of statistical information and of the statistical system that produces it.

The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) serves as the highest-level governance tool for quality management at Statistics Canada. The QAF describes, in general terms, the measures the AgencyNote 1 has put in place to manage quality and provides guidance to statistical program areas as they develop and implement quality management strategies to meet their users? needs. The QAF is used in conjunction with Statistics Canada management practices, such as those described in the Agency?s Quality Guidelines.

Simply stated, the QAF sets out the principles that guide the work of Statistics Canada. It may also serve as a useful reference for those interested in the production of official statistics. I encourage its use and support its regular revitalization.

I offer my thanks and congratulations to the numerous Statistics Canada experts who have contributed to the production of the 3rd edition of the Quality Assurance Framework, as well as to the Quality Secretariat who led and coordinated this effort under the guidance of the Methods and Standards Committee.


Anil Arora
Chief Statistician

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