Planned results and resources, and key risks:
In order to support its modernization efforts, and in line with the Government of Canada approach, Statistics Canada is adopting cloud-based infrastructure. Cloud solutions will allow the agency to deliver more timely data to better serve Canadian, researchers and the academic community by providing on-demand access to high volumes of processing and storage capacity for calculation-intensive modeling, simulations and analytics. Cloud services offer the flexibility to maintain information technology services as demand for online services increases and technologies evolve. Statistics Canada is in the planning stages of migrating systems to the secure cloud. Statistics Canada will only migrate protected information once its systems have been deemed secure for cloud services appropriate for sensitive information, as per Government of Canada procedures and processes. Certified and tested Cloud services provide a secure, efficient and cost-effective platform for the agency to migrate its data and business processes. Statistics Canada continues to work closely with the Communications Security Establishment, Shared Services Canada and the Office of the Chief Information Officer of Canada at Treasury Board Secretariat to ensure that the agency continues to adhere to all legal, policy, and regulatory requirements related to data security and privacy.
- Statistics Canada is modernizing its services to adapt to a changing reality in which data are part of the everyday lives of Canadians. Statistics Canada’s stakeholder engagement approach will make it possible for the agency to design client-centric products, services and technologies and provide existing and future clients with an enhanced user experience.
- The agency is focused on becoming digitally vigilant by capitalizing on new and existing technologies and leveraging data management expertise. The next generation of Application Programming Interface work is underway at Statistics Canada, along with virtual data labs to facilitate data access.
- Statistics Canada will also develop and implement a data science strategy. The strategy involves improving recruitment and professional development practices to ensure that the agency has the skilled employees necessary to work with data in a digital environment and ensure the right information technology environment is available within the agency so that skilled professionals are able to use the disruptive technologies.
- The agency will formalize the key executive responsibilities of the Chief Data Officer to complement the Chief Information Officer’s role. This will involve carrying out the agency’s information management (IM) vision and improving its digital infrastructure. This will modernize the way Statistics Canada manages the information it collects, compiles, analyzes and publishes. The application of the IM vision and principles will also strengthen the agency’s approach to protect information in the context of a digital society, and will help foster modernization and the development of new programs and organizations, such as the Canadian Centre for Energy Information. Furthermore, the establishment of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council by the Government of Canada is one of many initiatives that will support Statistics Canada’s modernization to an increasingly digital society.