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2007 February Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada

February 2007 Status Report—Chapter 1

Exhibit 1.2—Responsibilities for public opinion research

Treasury Board

  • Issues policies and procedures for managing government communications and procurement

Treasury Board Secretariat

  • Develops and monitors policies and procedures for managing government communications and procurement

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

  • Contracts for public opinion research services
  • Serves as the technical, coordinating, and contracting authority for public opinion research services in the Government of Canada
  • Facilitates public opinion research studies by assisting departments and agencies throughout the process, helping to ensure their objectives are met in a cost-effective manner

Federal departments and agencies

  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of public opinion research initiatives with the Public Opinion Research Directorate of PWGSC
  • Contract public opinion research services through the Communications Procurement Directorate of PWGSC
  • Ensure that the principles of fair information practices are respected
  • Ensure the quality and value of research they commission or produce
  • Provide copies of final reports to PWGSC for deposit with the Library of Parliament and Library and Archives Canada in written or electronic form
  • Share results with other federal institutions
  • Release final results to the public on request

Source: Communications Policy of the Government of Canada (2004)