Survey of Residential Facilities for Victims of Abuse (SRFVA)

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The survey collects data used to produce statistics on facilities in Canada primarily mandated to provide residential services for victims of abuse (defined as on-going victimization). In aggregated form, the statistics monitor the nature and counts of residential services and admissions over time, as well as information on the type of clients being served as per a “one-day snapshot”, a pre-determined business day. This information is useful for federal and provincial/territorial governments, sheltering and other non-profit organizations, service providers, and researchers to assist in developing research, policy and programs, as well as identifying funding needs for residential facilities for victims of abuse.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection period:

From April 12 to August 31, 2021

Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire and telephone interview
Survey participation:
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

  • Block Information on Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations. For this survey, there is an agreement with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), which has agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Under Section 12, you may refuse to share your information with any of these organizations by writing a letter of objection to the Chief Statistician, specifying the organizations with which you do not want Statistics Canada to share your data and mailing it to the following address:

    Chief Statistician of Canada
    Statistics Canada
    Attention of Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
    150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway
    Ottawa, ON
    K1A 0T6

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about the profile of the facilities and the residents as of a particular snapshot day, as well as annual information as of a 12 month reference period.

    This includes questions regarding the sociodemographics of the facilities' clients and the administration of the facility, including services provided, physical repairs/improvements, and revenues/expenditures.

    The survey also asks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on facilities.

  • Block Information on Published data

    Published data

    Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

    Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

    Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 3328
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