Security Intelligence Review Committee Employee Survey

Detailed information for 2005




One Time

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The primary objective of the survey is to obtain the views of all Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) employees about their workplace. The information will allow managers and employees to initiate concrete actions in the agency, and compare their results with the rest of the Public Service.

Data release - Results for the 2005 survey were not made available to the public due to a very small sample (19 respondents) and Statistics Canada's provisions to protect the confidentiality of individual respondents.


The first Public Service Employee Survey (PSES, record number 4438) was conducted in 1999 and repeated in 2002. Almost 55% of the workforce participated, providing important information about how employees viewed their work and workplace. Departments and agencies launched a number of initiatives to address the workplace issues identified by Public Service employees in the 1999 and 2002 PSES.

It should be noted that the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) is a separate agency and not part of the target population that participated in the Public Service Employee Survey. However, the SIRC decided to do its own employee survey using the same questionnaire as the PSES. Statistics Canada was asked to implement the survey, including the development, collection and processing of the data for the SIRC.

Statistical activity

The survey is currently administered as part of the Public Service Employee Survey Program (PSES). This program includes the main Public Service Employee Survey (record number 4438) and a number of other department or agency-specific employee surveys. The target population of the main Public Service Employee Survey is employees of the federal Public Service employed under Schedule I, Part I of the Public Service Staff Relations Act (PSSRA 1-1), while the other surveys are conducted for departments or agencies that are covered in Schedule I, Part II. The primary objective of the program is to obtain the views of employees of the federal Public Service about their workplaces. The information will allow managers and employees to initiate concrete actions in their own department or agency, and where warranted, across the Public Service.


  • Government
  • Labour

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population for the survey was all employees of the Security Intelligence Review Committee with the following exceptions:
1. Students;
2. Governor-in-council appointments; and
3. Minister's exempt staff.

Instrument design

In 2002, focus groups were held across the country and included employees at various groups and levels as well as English and French focus groups. Comments from the focus groups were integrated into the 2002 PSES questionnaire and a final layout was decided. Participating departments and agencies were also invited to provide comments on the draft questionnaire. All Survey Champions (departments and agencies) were invited to briefings on the questionnaire and project plan. The Minister responsible for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat approved the delivery of the second survey.

The final questionnaire was also provided to the Security Intelligence Review Committee to assist in SIRC's efforts to deliver a comparable instrument. The questionnaire was based on the 2002 Public Service Employee Survey. However, because of the number of employees, all demographic information questions were removed for confidentiality considerations.


This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore, no sampling is done.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2005-02-01 to 2005-02-15

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The Security Intelligence Review Committee Employee Survey was a census. Each member of the target audience received a paper questionnaire to complete. The survey was anonymous; that is, the respondent's name or other identification was not required on the questionnaire.

The SIRC was responsible for distributing the questionnaires to its employees. The recommended target date for distribution of the questionnaires to all employees was February 1, 2005. However, the actual process was left to the discretion of the agency.

Once completed, the questionnaire was returned directly to Statistics Canada in a postage-paid return envelope. The established survey period was February 1 to 15, 2005. The SIRC was asked to remind its employees to complete the survey and to return their questionnaires as soon as possible.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

The data capture of the 19 questionnaires received was done on February 18, 2005.

The data were processed by applying edit rules to identify missing, invalid or inconsistent data. Each question was examined to verify the presence of a valid code. If none was present then a "Not stated" response code of "9" was assigned

As well, data inconsistencies were corrected.


This methodology does not apply.


Since the Security Intelligence Review Committee Employee Survey was a census and the response rate was high, there was no need for a non-response adjustment.

Quality evaluation

The Security Intelligence Review Committee Employee Survey is a census and therefore, there is no error due to sampling. However, the survey is subject to non-sampling errors such as errors that may occur at almost every phase of a survey operation. Respondents may make errors in answering questions, the answers may be incorrectly captured and errors may be introduced in the processing and tabulation of the data.

Quality assurance and control methods were implemented according to Statistics Canada's standard practices at each step of the data collection and processing cycle to monitor the quality of the data. These measures included focus group testing of the PSES questionnaire to detect problems of questionnaire design or misunderstanding of instructions, and using edit rules designed to detect missing, invalid or inconsistent data.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

No public use microdata file will be produced by Statistics Canada and data will not be made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

The target population for 2005 consisted of 19 individuals. The overall response rate for the 2005 Security Intelligence Review Committee Employee Survey was 100%.

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