Strategic outcome and program activity descriptions

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Strategic Outcome 1

Advancements in science and technology, knowledge, and innovation strengthen the Canadian economy.

Program 1.1 — Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity

This program sets the strategic direction for policies and programs that support and stimulate research, development and innovation in Canada. In collaboration with Industry Portfolio partners, other government departments and external stakeholders from the private and public sectors, the program fosters an environment that is conducive to innovation and promotes scientific excellence.

Program 1.2 — Industrial Research and Development Financing

This program helps Canadian businesses increase research and development (R&D) activities by investing in innovative projects and collaborations through repayable and non‑repayable contributions. Projects supported under this program are expected to produce benefits to Canada, including generating strategic R&D investment, developing new technologies and enhancing Canadian innovation capacity and expertise.

Strategic Outcome 2

The Canadian marketplace is efficient and competitive.

Program 2.1 — Spectrum, Telecommunications, and the Digital Economy

This program enables Canadians to benefit from a globally competitive digital economy that drives innovation, productivity and future prosperity. This includes developing and administering domestic regulations, procedures and standards that govern Canada's radiocommunication and telecommunications industries. The program sets legislative and policy frameworks to encourage competition, private sector investment in digital infrastructure, confidence in the online marketplace, and greater adoption of digital technologies by business. The program maximizes the public benefits of spectrum by managing it efficiently and effectively, through spectrum and radio licensing including auctions, compliance and enforcement. The program protects Canadian interests in the telecommunications industry globally and facilitates international online trade and commerce by negotiating international treaties and agreements. This program also performs research in advanced telecommunication and information technologies to promote innovation and assist in the development of policies, regulations and program delivery.

Program 2.2 — Marketplace Frameworks and Regulation

This program regulates and provides oversight over a number of aspects of the Canadian marketplace, including trade measurement, bankruptcy and insolvency, federal incorporation, intellectual property, market access, and consumer affairs. The program develops and administers framework statutes, regulations, policies and procedures; develops, sets and assures compliance with related standards; and holds meetings with a variety of stakeholders. Overall, the program benefits Canadian businesses and consumers by ensuring the integrity of the marketplace.

Program 2.3 — Marketplace Competition and Investments

This program applies federal laws relating to the investigation of anti‑competitive conduct and the general regulation of trade and commerce in respect of business practices, including the review of mergers and significant foreign investments. It protects, promotes and advocates for efficient markets in a manner that encourages economic growth and innovation, providing consumers and businesses with competitive prices and increased product choices.

Strategic Outcome 3

Canadian businesses and communities are competitive.

Program 3.1 — Small Business Research, Financing and Services

This program enhances the growth and competitiveness of small business and encourages entrepreneurship. It raises awareness across government of the challenges facing small businesses; provides knowledge and expertise on small and medium‑sized enterprises (SMEs) in a number of areas, including entrepreneurship, financing, innovation and growth firms; recommends policy options; and delivers programs that help support SMEs and entrepreneurial activity across Canada.

Program 3.2 — Community Economic Development

This program advances the economic development of Northern Ontario communities in the same manner that regional development agencies support similar activities in other regions of Canada. Its main goal is to strengthen the Northern Ontario economy by providing financial support, through contribution agreements, for economic and community development projects led by the private, not‑for‑profit and public sectors, including support for official language minority communities. This program also contributes to communities across Canada with programs to support access to the internet, as well as to provide computers for schools.

Program 3.3 — Industrial Competitiveness and Capacity

This program helps Canadian industries improve their industrial competitiveness and capacity for innovation and adapt to the changing economic landscape, including external shocks. The program develops expertise on Canadian firms and sectors through research and analysis and engagement with associations, governments and leading firms. It applies this expertise to develop and contribute to policy, legislation and regulations. This program collaborates with the private sector on industry development; attracts investment and promotes Canadian expertise; and invests in private sector initiatives that are aimed at maximizing productivity and facilitating access to capital.

Strategic Outcome 4

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 4.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Canadian Space Agency

Strategic Outcome 1

Canada's exploration of space, provision of space services and development of its space capacity meet the nation's needs for scientific knowledge, innovation and information.

Program 1.1 — Space Data, Information and Services

This program includes the provision of space‑based solutions (data, information and services) and the progression of their utilization. It also serves to install and run ground infrastructure that processes the data and operates satellites. This program utilizes space‑based solutions to assist Government of Canada organizations in delivering growing, diversified or cost‑effective programs and services within their mandate, which is related to key national priorities, such as sovereignty, defence, safety and security, resource management, environmental monitoring and the North. It also provides academia with data required to perform its own research. The services delivered through this program are rendered, and the data and information are generated and processed, with the participation of the Canadian space industry, academia, Government of Canada organizations, national and international organizations, such as: foreign space agencies, not‑for‑profit organizations, as well as provincial and municipal governments. This collaborative effort is formalized under national and international partnership agreements, contracts, grants or contributions.

Program 1.2 — Space Exploration

This program provides valuable Canadian science, signature technologies and qualified astronauts to international space exploration endeavours. This program contributes to the Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy. It fosters the generation of knowledge as well as technological spin‑offs that contribute to a higher quality of life for Canadians. It generates excitement within the population in general and contributes to nation‑building. This program appeals to the science and technology communities. It is targeted mostly towards Canadian academia and international space exploration partnerships. Canadian industry also benefits from the work generated within this program. This program is delivered with the participation of foreign space agencies and Government of Canada organizations. This collaborative effort is formalized under international partnership agreements, contracts, grants or contributions.

Program 1.3 — Future Canadian Space Capacity

This program attracts, sustains and enhances the nation's critical mass of Canadian space specialists, fosters space‑related innovation and know‑how in Canada, and preserves the nation's space‑related facilities capability. In doing so, it encourages private‑public collaboration that requires a concerted approach to future space missions. This program secures the nation's strategic and ongoing presence in space in the future and to preserve Canada's capability to deliver internationally renowned space assets for future generations. It is targeted at Canadian academia, industry and youth, as well as users of Canadian space solutions (Government of Canada organizations) and international partners. This program is conducted with the participation of funding agencies, Government of Canada organizations along with government facilities and infrastructure, foreign space agencies, not‑for‑profit organizations and provincial governments. This collaborative effort is formalized under contracts or national and international partnership agreements. This program is funded through the Class Grant and Contribution Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Canadian Tourism Commission

Strategic Outcome 1

Canadian economy benefits from strong tourism demand from Canadian Tourism Commission's (CTC) markets.

Program 1.1 — Marketing and Sales

The Marketing and Sales Program focuses on three major geographical market segments ‑ the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific ‑ in addition to targeting tourism activities associated with Meetings, Conventions, and Incentive Travel (MC&IT). Marketing and sales efforts are based on three channels: ‘direct to consumer' advertising and marketing; travel trade; and media and public relations. This program is fundamental to CTC's role as Canada's national tourism marketing organization and directly supports CTC's outcome of increasing awareness and consideration of Canada as a tourism destination in CTC markets and generating export revenues from the expenditures of international visitors to Canada.

Program 1.2 — Tourism Research and Communications

The Tourism Research and Communications Program generates and communicates strategic business intelligence, market and consumer research, and tourism news and information that are vital to maintaining a competitive edge for Canada's tourism industry. This program is necessary as the CTC is legislated to "provide information about Canadian tourism to the private sector and to the government of Canada, the provinces and the territories" (CTC Act, section 5d).

Program 1.3 — Experiential Product Development

The Experiential Product Development Program influences the quality and quantity of diverse and competitive tourism experiences in Canada. This program is necessary for the Canadian Tourism Small and Medium Sizes Enterprises (SMEs), as it is the first point of entry for the SMEs to develop Canadian‑branded, export ready, consumer relevant product experiences that are used in CTC sales, marketing and media relations initiatives. Products and tools developed under this program, such as Experiences Toolkit (practical insight such as moving from a tourism product to an experience and customer trends), Brand Toolkit (an in‑depth branding resource) and Digital Assets (videos, photos), are free for SMEs use and help SMEs increase their market readiness, viability and competitiveness both domestically and internationally.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Copyright Board

Strategic Outcome 1

Fair decision‑making to provide proper incentives for the creation and use of copyrighted works.

Program 1.1 — Copyright Tariff Setting and Issuance of Licences

The Board is an economic regulatory body empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, fair and equitable tariffs that remunerate rights owners for the use of copyrighted works, when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective‑administration society. The Board also has the right to supervise agreements between users and licensing bodies and issues licences when the copyright owner cannot be located.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Strategic Outcome 1

A Competitive Southern Ontario Economy.

Program 1.1 — Technological Innovation

This program is intended to support the southern Ontario economy to be more innovative by creating new products, services, processes and/or markets so as to contribute to the region's competitiveness.This will be achieved by: encouraging the region's labour force to be more innovative; focusing on key emerging sectors; and by strengthening linkages between the region's businesses (especially SMEs) and its post‑secondary institutions.These are the elements necessary to improve the region's productivity, accelerate growth and maintain and enhance the region's living standards in the context of a global knowledge‑based economy. Transfer payments in support of this program are made through a variety of initiatives under the authority of Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), SODP through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses, not‑for‑profit organizations, and post‑secondary institutions.

Program 1.2 — Business Development

This program supports the 360,000 businesses (especially SMEs) in southern Ontario in their efforts to drive competitiveness by providing funding to encourage the creation of start‑up companies, helping existing businesses to expand and helping companies improve their productivity. Transfer payments in support of this program are made through a variety of initiatives under the authority of Southern Ontario Development Program, SODP through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses, not‑for‑profit organizations, and post‑secondary institutions.

Program 1.3 — Community Economic Development

This program supports the 288 communities (small and large, rural and urban, Francophone and Aboriginal) in southern Ontario that are home to 12.4 million residents. These communities are key to enhancing southern Ontario's economic competitiveness and the long‑term prosperity of the region. Southern Ontario depends on communities that can attract the best talent and compete for investment as dynamic centres of commerce and learning. Strong communities contribute to a prosperous southern Ontario. Through this program, the Agency will continue to support communities and regions throughout southern Ontario to identify local solutions to local challenges and opportunities. Strong, safe and modern communities are essential building blocks for the region's competitiveness and long‑term prosperity. FedDev Ontario will continue to work with others, including Infrastructure Canada, the Province and communities, to support the infrastructure needs within southern Ontario. Transfer payments in support of this program are made through a variety of initiatives under the authority of the Community Futures Program, the Economic Development Initiative, Eastern Ontario Development Program (TBC) and infrastructure programming like the Building Canada Fund. The Agency will support this program through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses, not‑for‑profit organizations, post‑secondary institutions and municipalities.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

National Research Council of Canada

Strategic Outcome 1

Canadian businesses prosper from innovative technologies.

Program 1.1 — Technology Development and Advancement

This program develops and advances technologies to enhance the prosperity of Canadian industries in support of federal priorities such as the federal Science and Technology Strategy.This includes national‑scale flagship technology‑development initiatives having sufficient critical mass to contribute demonstrably to national prosperity. To bring new and innovative products and processes to the marketplace, companies must advance the emerging and maturing technologies embodied in applied developments and prototypes to a level where the risk is sufficiently understood to be accepted from the business, investment, and regulatory perspectives. The program bridges this critical technology gap through mission‑oriented research and development services, and specialized technical services such as custom design and fabrication, testing, prototyping, up‑scaling, and demonstration in specialized facilities.

Program 1.2  — Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

The program contributes to the growth and prosperity of Canadian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by stimulating innovation, adoption and/or commercialization of technology‑based products, services, or processes in Canada. This is done through: 1) technical and related business advice and networking facilitated by a cross‑Canada network of field professional staff; 2) cost‑shared merit‑based contributions; and 3) contributions supporting employment of post‑secondary graduates. This program uses funding from the following transfer payments: IRAP Contributions to Firms; IRAP Contributions to Youth Employment Strategy; Contributions to Organizations; and Contributions for the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program.

Strategic Outcome 2

R&D infrastructure for an innovative and knowledge‑based economy.

Program 2.1 — Science Infrastructure and Measurement

This program manages national science facilities and infrastructure critical to research, development and innovation by Canadian scientific and technological communities. This includes operating and administering Canada's astronomical observatories. It also fosters development and maintenance of Canada's metrological infrastructure system that provides industries and researchers access to reliable measurements that are traceable to recognized national standards maintained by the program.The program helps clients make the most of this infrastructure by facilitating access to a wide range of Canadian and international user communities and by participating in networks. In addition, the program provides stewardship of the TRIUMF sub‑atomic research facility. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment: TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics).

Strategic Outcome 3

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 3.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Strategic Outcome 1

Canada is a world leader in advancing, connecting and applying new knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Program 1.1 — Discovery: Advancement of Knowledge

This program supports the creation of new knowledge and maintenance of a high quality Canadian‑based research capacity in the natural sciences and engineering through grants to researchers and universities. The advancement of knowledge generated by these grants is necessary to fuel a strong research and innovation system in Canada that is globally competitive. Academic researchers and universities receive funding to support the timely acceleration of research programs, the purchase or development of research equipment, or which facilitates their effective access to major and unique research resources.

Program 1.2 — Innovation: Research Partnerships

This program fosters partnerships in the natural sciences and engineering and facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to the user sector through awards that support research projects and network activities intended for socioeconomic impact. The partnerships encouraged and enabled by these awards increase the commercialization of Canada's excellent research into new products, services and processes for the benefit of all Canadians.

Program 1.3 — People: Research Talent

This program supports the attraction, retention and development of highly qualified people in the natural sciences and engineering in Canada through Chairs programs, fellowships, scholarships and stipends. These activities are necessary to build the human capital required to enable a strong, globally competitive research and innovation system in Canada. Researchers, students and young people benefit from the grant funding which supports university research and outreach activities at universities, museums, science centres and community‑based organizations.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Registry of the Competition Tribunal

Strategic Outcome 1

Open, fair, transparent and expeditious hearings related to the Tribunal's jurisdiction.

Program 1.1 — Process Cases

The Registry of the Competition Tribunal provides all administrative support required for the proper conduct of the Competition Tribunal’s business and for the Tribunal to hold hearings anywhere in Canada.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Strategic Outcome 1

Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training.

Program 1.1 — Talent: attraction, retention and development of students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

This program provides support to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the form of fellowships and to research chairs in postsecondary institutions that cover salary and research funding. This program is necessary in order to attract, retain and develop talent in the social sciences and humanities, to cultivate leaders within academia and across the public, private and not‑for‑profit sectors, and to build centres of world‑class research excellence at Canadian postsecondary institutions. The program brands Canada as a top destination for research and research training.

Program 1.2 — Insight: new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities

This program provides grants to support research in the social sciences and humanities conducted by scholars and researchers working as individuals, in teams, and in formal partnerships among the academic, public, private and/or not‑for‑profit sectors and to support the building of institutional research capacity. This program is necessary to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges. The objectives of the program are to build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/ or cross‑sector perspectives; support new approaches to research on complex and important topics; provide a high‑quality research training experience for students; mobilize research knowledge to and from academic and non‑academic audiences; and build institutional research capacity. Research supported by the program has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact and increased institutional research capacity. International research initiatives that offer outstanding opportunities to advance Canadian research are encouraged. Partnerships can include both Canadian and international partners.

Program 1.3 — Connection: mobilization of social sciences and humanities knowledge

This program provides funding (grants and operational) to support the multidirectional flow, exchange and co‑creation of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities among researchers and diverse groups of policy makers, business leaders, community groups, educators and the media working as individuals, in teams, in formal partnerships and in networks. This program is necessary to help stimulate leading edge, internationally competitive research in areas critical to Canada, build multi‑sectoral partnerships and accelerate the use of multidisciplinary research results by organizations that can harness them for Canadian economic and social development. The program increases the availability and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non‑academic audiences; supports the building of reciprocal relationships, networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and makes such networks and tools more accessible to non‑academic audiences. The funding opportunities offered in this program are intended to complement activities funded through the Talent and Insight programs.

Strategic Outcome 2

Canada has the institutional capacity to enable research and research‑related activities in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering and health.

Program 2.1 — Indirect costs of research

This program provides support to institutions in the form of grants in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering and health. This program is necessary to build institutional capacity for the conduct of research and research‑related activities to maximize the investment of publicly‑funded academic research. This program helps to off‑set the central and departmental administrative costs that institutions incur in supporting research, which are not attributable to specific research projects, such as such as lighting and heating, maintenance of libraries, laboratories and research networking spaces, or for the technical support required for an institution's website or library computer system, ultimately helping researchers concentrate on cutting‑edge discoveries and scholarship excellence, and ensuring that federally‑funded research projects are conducted in world‑class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. The program is administered by the SSHRC‑hosted Canada Research Chairs secretariat on behalf of the three research granting agencies.

Strategic Outcome 3

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 3.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Standards Council of Canada

Strategic Outcome 1

Canada has an effective and efficient National Standards System.

Program 1.1 — Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) advises federal, provincial and territorial governments, industry organizations, and nongovernmental bodies on standards‑ and conformity assessment‑related aspects of trade and regulatory policy. Through input and review of standardization issues in trade agreements, the SCC, is a significant contributor to expanding international trade for Canada. Incorporating standardization practices into regulatory policy provides an added measure of protection for the health and safety of Canadians. SCC offers governments, businesses and consumers the latest and most comprehensive information on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment in Canada and around the world through its Web site, Information and Research Service and Technical Document Centre. As the World Trade Organization North American Free Trade Agreement (WTO NAFTA) /Enquiry Point, SCC serves as the central point of contact in Canada for WTO member countries to obtain information on standardization‑related market entry requirements.

Program 1.2 — Standards program

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredits standards development organizations in Canada. The SCC determines conformity to accreditation requirements by performing oversight activities such as document review and on‑site assessment. SCC also reviews standards submitted by standards development organizations for approval as National Standards of Canada (NSCs), a designation that indicates a standard is the official Canadian standard on a particular subject. NSCs may be developed in Canada or adopted, with or without changes, from international standards. Through its member program, SCC facilitates and coordinates Canadian participation in national, regional and international standards development and conformity assessment organizations. Through this program activity, SCC recruits individuals and organizations to participate in standards activities on Canada's behalf, in organizations such as: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), two of the world's largest voluntary standardization bodies. SCC also provides orientation, training and recognition for Canadian participants. Participation in these organizations provides Canadian government, industry and consumers with a competitive advantage.

Program 1.3 — Conformity Assessment Program

Through its conformity assessment program, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) provides accreditation services for: testing and calibration laboratories; management systems certification bodies; personnel certification bodies; product and service certification bodies; greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies; and inspection bodies. Through assessments, audits and follow‑up visits, SCC ensures that these conformity assessment organizations are competent in meeting the requirements of a particular standard, for a product, service or system. Accreditation by SCC can increase an organization's competitiveness and ensure safer and more efficient methods and products are used in the Canadian marketplace. SCC's accreditation programs are based on internationally recognized guides and standards. SCC is also a member of several organizations that are developing agreements to ensure conformity assessment results are accepted internationally.

Strategic Outcome 2

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 2.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Statistics Canada

Strategic Outcome 1

Canadians have access to timely, relevant and quality statistical information on Canada's changing economy and society for informed debate, research and decision making on social and economic issues.

Program 1.1 — Economic and Environmental Statistics

The Economic and Environmental Statistics Program's purpose is to create a trusted, relevant and comprehensive source of information on the entire spectrum of Canada's economy in order to: inform public debate on economic issues; support economic policy development, implementation and evaluation; and guide business decision making. It is the primary source of information for developing the country's fiscal and monetary policies and for studying the economic evolution of Canadian industries and regions. These statistics support various statutory requirements, among others: the Federal‑Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Regulations, the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act, Land Claims Settlements Agreements and the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement related to the Harmonized Sales Tax. The outputs are also vital to research and to economic policy development, implementation and evaluation by a number of federal departments, such as the Bank of Canada, Finance Canada, Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as by provincial and territorial governments. They are extensively used by the private sector for business planning and decision making and by international agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN). Outputs include monthly and annual measures of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Consumer Price Index (CPI), current indicators of retail and wholesale trade, Canada's merchandise export and import statistics, estimates of agricultural income and expenditures, transportation statistics and statistics relevant for the analysis of relationships between human activity and the environment in Canada.

Program 1.2 — Statistical Infrastructure

Statistical infrastructure comprises activities and services that are administered to support a strong statistical system. Professional and Statistical Services include the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), the development and provision of statistical metadata, the development and maintenance of registers of enterprises and addresses for statistical purposes, and the provision of advice with respect to the Statistics Act and data‑sharing agreements. Operational Statistical Services provide support to data collection activities for Statistics Canada's surveys, such as data capture, coding, editing, interviewer hiring and training, and the provision of advice to clients regarding statistical products. It also includes the production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, on‑line databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle The Daily. The Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program includes the co‑ordination of the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

Program 1.3 — Socio‑economic Statistics

The Socio‑economic Statistics Program's purpose is to provide integrated information and relevant analysis on the social and socio‑economic characteristics of individuals, families and households and on the major factors that affect their well‑being. This information is used to inform public debate on socio‑economic issues; support social policy development, implementation and evaluation; guide public and private decision making and is the primary source for assessing the impact of changing economic circumstances on Canadians. The information is used extensively to evaluate and cost economic and social policy options and alternatives by Federal departments such as Employment and Social Development Canada, Industry Canada, Justice Canada, Public Safety Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, as well as provincial governments. The Socio‑economic Statistics Program supports statistical requirements specified by legislation or regulations in the areas of labour, immigration and employment equity. The program also provides information, analysis and measures on publicly funded facilities, agencies and systems designed to meet the socio‑economic and physical needs of Canadians, on the characteristics of the individual Canadians and families they serve, and on the outcomes of the services they provide, such as justice, health, and education.

Program 1.4 — Censuses

The program's purpose is to provide statistical information, analyses and services that measure changes in the Canadian population, demographic characteristics, and the agricultural sector. It serves as a basis for public and private decision making, research and analysis in areas of concern to the people of Canada. The program includes the Censuses of Population and Agriculture. The Census of Population provides detailed information on population sub‑groups and for small geographical levels required to assess the effects of specifically targeted policy initiatives and serves as a foundation for other statistical surveys. Population counts and estimates are used in determining electoral boundaries, distribution of federal transfer payments, and the transfer and allocation of funds among regional and municipal governments, school boards and other locally‑based agencies within provinces. The Census of Agriculture provides a comprehensive picture of the agriculture sector at the national, provincial and sub‑provincial levels and is mandated by the Statistics Act. The program meets statistical requirements specified constitutionally, and supports those in statutory requirements and regulatory instruments. All per capita measures in fiscal policies and arrangements and other economic analysis, and in program and service planning, come from this program's statistical information.

Strategic Outcome 2

Specific client needs for high‑quality and timely statistical services are met.

Program 2.1 — Cost‑recovered Statistical Services

This activity produces high quality cost‑recovered statistical services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. The projects are grouped according to type, with the groupings comprising projects involving Economic and Environmental Statistics, Socio‑economic Statistics, the Censuses, Statistical Infrastructure and Internal Services.

Strategic Outcome 3

The following program supports all strategic outcomes within this organization.

Program 3.1 — Internal services

The Internal services program supports all strategic outcomes and is common across government. Internal services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and oversight services; Communications services; Legal services; Human resources management services; Financial management services; Information management services; Information technology services; Real property services; Materiel services; Acquisition services; and Travel and Other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

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