On February 2, 2017 we wrote to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to express our interest in the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council proposed within Bill C-36. We have also asked to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology when they study Bill C-36 later this spring.
Our sector has a vested interest in the independence and transparency of Statistics Canada as well as the overall quality of the national statistical system. We rely heavily on high quality data to ensure our programs and services are meeting the needs of Canadians and the communities we serve. We also rely on data to advocate for evidence-based public policies affecting our communities.
Imagine Canada believes that the charitable and nonprofit sector is well-positioned to make a significant and positive contribution to the proposed Council. As both users and generators of large-scale and community-level social and economic data, charities and nonprofits bring perspectives, experiences, and expertise complementary to that found in the public or private sectors or in academia.