Canadian Housing Survey (CHS)

This survey collects information about housing needs and experiences from a sample of Canadian households. Data from the Canadian Housing Survey will be used to help understand and address issues such as access to affordable housing, and to improve housing conditions.

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


Collection period:

From October 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Collection methods:

Electronic questionnaire and telephone interview

Survey participation:

Voluntary

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.

Data sharing agreements and record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with data from:

  • longitudinal immigration database (IMDB)
  • personal tax data.

Statistics Canada may also combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

Topics covered in the survey

The survey asks questions about

  • housing needs
  • social and affordable housing
  • subsidized housing
  • forced moves
  • satisfaction with dwelling and neighborhood
  • household’s social interactions with the community
  • health
  • homelessness
  • socio-demographic characteristics
  • access to transportation

Published data

To see results from cycles 1 and 2 of the Canadian Housing Survey (CHS), please click on the following links:

Cycle 1:

Cycle 2:

Survey-specific questions

Why should I participate?

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. However, it is important in order to create a complete and accurate picture of housing in all regions of Canada. Your responses ensure that your type of household—single individuals, lone-parent families, retired couples, etc.—is well represented in the survey results and in the decisions that are made using those results.

Why are you collecting this information and what will it be used for?

Results from the Canadian Housing Survey (CHS) help provide a comprehensive picture of the state of housing in Canada, and fill important housing-related data gaps to support the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s National Housing Strategy (NHS).

The CHS is conducted biennially in partnership with the CMHC to support the development of the NHS. The CHS collects information about the housing needs and experiences of Canadians. The collected information supports policy decisions to improve housing conditions and access to affordable housing.

What type of housing does the survey cover?

We use the term “housing” to refer to where you live and that includes various types of structures and arrangements. Please speak to us about that place you call home (whatever that might be!) by participating in our survey.

When will the results for the survey be available?

Survey results are planned to be released in 2023-2024 Once the survey data are verified and analyzed, the results are published in various formats. Survey highlights are published in Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin The Daily.

Why does Statistics Canada want to know personal information such as my age, gender or postal code?

When your data reaches Statistics Canada—whether from surveys or administrative sources—some of it is used to create a demographic profile. Then, we remove personal identifiers and only retain information such as age, gender, and geographical location. This data is merged with that of other people who share the same demographic profile (for example, groupings based on the same age, gender, or geographical location).

Even if questions related to personal information may seem irrelevant to the subject of the survey, they provide a deeper knowledge of respondents' characteristics, which allows us to create a representative sample of the Canadian population. By analyzing this large database, researchers are able to observe emerging patterns and trends and provide important information to governments, non-profit organizations, researchers, and the wider public.

How will you safeguard the confidentiality of my information?

As with all Statistics Canada surveys, any information provided will remain confidential pursuant to the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada takes the privacy of Canadians very seriously. Published data can never identify you or your household.

To find out more about the measures in place to safeguard the confidentiality of your information, visit Statistics Canada's Trust Centre.

For more information about this survey

survey number 5269