General Social Survey – Caregiving and Care Receiving (GSS)

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Have you been invited to participate in this survey via email or mail? To log in to the survey, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Visit the electronic questionnaire portal and select Start my survey.

Step 2: Enter your secure access code (you will find this code in the invitation letter or email you previously received from Statistics Canada).

Step 3: Complete the survey.

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The purpose of this survey is to collect information on Canadians who provide care to family and friends living with long-term health conditions. Questions are also asked about those who receive this care and about the challenges both groups face. Information on the general health of all Canadians will also be collected. Data from this survey will help us to better understand the needs of these individuals, and allow policy makers to design appropriate programs and services to better support them.

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

Collection period:
From April 3 to December 28, 2018
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire and telephone interview
Survey participation:


Your household has been selected to represent a number of households in your area. While your participation is voluntary, your cooperation is important to ensure that the information collected is as reliable and accurate as possible.
  • Block Information Confidentiality


    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.

  • Block Information on Record linkage

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with information from the tax data of all members of your household. Statistics Canada may also 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:

    • care received for a long-term health condition
    • care provided to family and friends with a long-term health condition
    • the consequences of providing care
    • accessible housing
    • health and life satisfaction
    • eating and exercise habits
  • 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.

  • Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4502
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