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.
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