Statutes, Regulations, Policies, Procedures and Standards governing POR in the Government of Canada

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Statutes

The Financial Administration Act (R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11) requires (sections 40(2) and 42(3)) all public opinion research (POR) to be made available to the public in the manner, and subject to the conditions, specified in the Public Opinion Research Contract Regulations (SOR/2007-134).

The Library and Archives of Canada Act (S.C. 2004, c. 11) requires departments (section 15.1), as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act, to provide Library and Archives Canada (LAC) with written POR reports within six months after the completion of the project’s data collection.

Regulations

The Public Opinion Research Contract Regulations (SOR/2007-134) dictate the required contents of a POR written report (sections 2 and 3), and also require (section 4(b)) that the department conducting the POR consent to its publication by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada via the LAC Public Opinion Research website.

Directives

The Directive on the Management of Communications, Appendix C: Mandatory Procedures for Public Opinion Research, superseded the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada (2006) and the Procedures for the Management of Public Opinion Research (2014) on May 11, 2016. Appendix C requires departments to “provide [...] Library and Archives Canada [with] separate electronic copies in English and French of POR projects for all contracted research projects within six months after the completion of any data collection” (section C.2.11).

All reports submitted to LAC are simultaneously transmitted to the Library of Parliament.

Standards

The Standard on Web Accessibility applies (sections 2.1 and 2.2) to the web pages of every department, as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act, when those pages are public-facing (i.e., available to individuals and businesses outside of the Government of Canada); for which the department is accountable; and that are provided through Government of Canada websites and web applications. Compliance with this standard and WCAG 2.0 compatibility (section 6.1.1) is the responsibility of any department submitting its POR to LAC. Please also consult the web standards for the Government of Canada.

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