Activities involving access to or handling of confidential census data are out of scope for contracting, and only undertaken by Statistics Canada employees. As a result, no contractor will ever have access to confidential census responses. Statistics Canada will contract out the provision of goods and services to the private sector, including the acquisition of software, hardware, printing, supplies, postage, courier services, shipping and other miscellaneous services (e.g., faxes, enumerator handbags). This is consistent with contracts issued for previous censuses.
The total cost of the 2011 Census over a period of seven years is estimated at $600 million. The census relies on a number of goods and services from the private sector. The value of the anticipated requirements from the private sector is estimated at $100 million.
All contracting procedures and processes strictly follow laws, rules and regulations set out by Public Works and Government Services Canada. Contracts for the provision of goods and services in support of the census must also meet stringent security requirements.
Only Statistics Canada employees will have access to completed census returns. No contractor will ever be in possession or have access to confidential census returns.
All Statistics Canada employees are sworn to secrecy under the Statistics Act - and subject to fines and penalties if they breach their oath.
No, only Statistics Canada employees will have access to completed census returns. All Statistics Canada employees are sworn to secrecy under the Statistics Act - and subject to fines and penalties if they breach their oath.
To date, the following major contracts have been awarded in support of the 2011 Census: