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Office of the Dominion Statistician [textual record]. 

Series consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

21.6 m of textual records

Scope and content

Series consists of numbered and unnumbered files from former Dominion Statisticians, including Robert Hamilton (RH) Coats (1916-1941); Sedley Anthony (SA) Cudmore (1942-1945); Herbert Marshall (1945-1956) and Walter Elliot (WE) Duffett (1957-1972). The records of S.A. Cudmore also reflect his tenure as Assistant Chief Statistician. Also included are central registry files stamped `From the Office of the Chief Statistician', from the tenure of RH Coats to Peter G Kirkham.

Textual records
32: Restricted by law
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Biography / Administrative history

Under the terms of the 1918 Statistics Act, the Dominion Statistician was required, under the direction of the Minister to whom s/he reported, to `supervise and control' the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. S/he was to be the Minister's representative in statistical negotiations with the provinces, and as per Order-in-Council 2503 (12 October 1918) and 1092 (20 May 1920), had a great deal of authority with regards to statistical matters in other departments. The 1948 Statistics Act, added the requirement to advise on all matters pertaining to statistical policy, to confer with government departments to that end and arrange with other government departments the collection, classification and publication of statistics. On 25 January 1965, Order-in-Council 1965-29 declared the Bureau, for legal and administrative purposes, to be a department of the federal government, with the Dominion Statistician as its deputy head. In 1971, a new Statistics Act was passed, which changed the name of the organization to `Statistics Canada' and, subsequently, of the departmental head to `Chief Statistician of Canada'. RG 31 General Inventory; Statistics Canada Annual Reports; David A Worton, The Dominion Bureau of Statistics: A history of Canada's Central Statistics Office and its antecedents, 1841-1972"; INFOSOURCE

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

Further accruals are expected.


Related control no.

1. 1981-82/175 GAD
2. 1989-90/133 GAD
3. 117-000133-4
4. RG31-A