The NWT Bureau of Statistics has overall responsibility for the territorial government's statistical program. To fulfill this role, the Bureau of Statistics:
- develops, interprets and disseminates those economic, social and demographic statistics required by the government;
- implements statistical programs for territorial government purposes and provides statistical advice and assistance to departments, regional offices and central agencies;
- coordinates statistical activities within the government to minimize the duplication of statistical effort and to help ensure that the statistics used by the government are current, consistent and accurate;
- provides for the continuing and effective representation of territorial statistical interests within the national statistical system.
In addition, the Bureau of Statistics also provides a limited statistical service to the general public, to the private sector, and to other governments.
The Bureau of Statistics is located within the Department of Finance and reports to the Deputy Minister. The Minister of Finance is The Honourable Robert C. McLeod.