Parks Canada Employee Survey

Detailed information for 2009




One Time

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The primary objective of the survey is to obtain the views of all Parks Canada employees about their workplace.

Data release - November 16, 2009 (No public use microdata file will be produced by Statistics Canada and data will not be made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).)


Parks Canada was to participate in the 2008 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES, see record number 4438). However, the timing of the survey did not permit the seasonal employees of Parks to participate in the survey. Therefore, the Agency decided to wait until their seasonal employees are back to work to conduct the survey.

Similar to the PSES, the objective of this survey is to obtain feedback from the employees on their work environment. Information to be collected will cover the employees' job world, work unit, communication with their supervisor, skills and career, and organization as well as general information such as their age, education, group and level and employment equity information. Additional questions will be added to address questions related to employee engagement.

The project will be conducted on a cost recovery basis. Statistics Canada will prepare a number of standard tables for the client.

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
  • Industries
  • Labour

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population for the survey is all employees of Parks Canada.

Instrument design

The survey questionnaire was the same as the 2008 Public Service Employee Survey with an additional 14 questions that was used in the employee survey conducted by Parks Canada in 2003 on employee engagement.


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: 2009-06-15 to 2009-07-24

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Collection was carried out during a six-week period starting June 15, 2009. Survey collection was done using an E-Questionnaire (internet). For those respondents who are unable to use an E-Questionnaire, a paper questionnaire was provided.

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

Error detection

The data capture of the 607 paper questionnaires received was done between July and August 2009. The data were captured using imaging and automated data entry technology. A small proportion of questionnaires, those that could not be read by the optical scanners, were captured using heads-down keying by experienced operators. Questionable zones method with standard quality control measures were used to verify the error rate of the capture operations. For the Parks Canada Employee Survey, based on the quality control sample that was selected, it was determined that the overall data capture error rate did not exceed 0.5%.

All 2721 paper and electronic questionnaires received were processed the same way. 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. For example, an edit rule was applied that examined the flow of data from Question 75 to Question 78. Depending on the response to Question 75, superfluous data that did not respect the flow of data were eliminated.

As well, data inconsistencies were corrected. Some verification was done to match the occupational group code to the valid groups in Parks Canada.


This methodology does not apply.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

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 Parks Canada 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 non-response or other non-sampling 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 edit rules designed to detect missing, invalid or inconsistent data.

The response rate for the Parks Canada Employee Survey was 64.6%.

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