Canada to make statistics agency independent amid data concerns

Canada moved to formalize Statistics Canada’s independence as an arms-length agency on Wednesday in an attempt to boost the agency’s credibility after its head quit last year in protest over concerns about the agency’s autonomy. The legislation to amend the Statistics Act, introduced to parliament by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, would also give the chief statistician a renewable five-year term and create an advisory council to ensure the agency is transparent. “Our government believes that for a national statistical agency to be credible, there must be a high degree of professional independence,” Bains told reporters.

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