Government Statscan

Make Statistics Canada fully independent.

Liberal Platform Page 37 October 5, 2015
Dec 2017

Government of Canada fulfills commitment to give Statistics Canada greater independence

Government News Release December 13, 2017

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, welcomed Royal Assent of a bill that reinforces Statistics Canada’s independence through legislative amendments to the Statistics Act.

The amended Act formalizes Statistics Canada’s independence by entrenching this independence into law. It helps ensure that decisions on statistical matters are transparent and are based on professional considerations.

Bill C-36 received royal assent on December 12, 2017.

Nov 2016

Trudeau to open doors of top-secret parliamentary committee, give new powers to StatsCan chief

CBC News November 01, 2016

The government [...] announced a plan to shore up the independence of Statistics Canada - only weeks after the department's head, Wayne Smith, left, publicly voicing concerns over his lack of control over information technology.

"These proposed amendments will entrench into law the authority of the chief statistician of Canada to make decisions on statistical methodology and the production and release of official statistics, and will ensure transparency around decision-making," the government said in the fiscal update, adding it would table legislation to make these changes.