Canadian Social Survey (CSS)

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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 Canadian Social Survey (CSS) is Statistics Canada’s newest data collection project. The goal is to understand social issues more rapidly by conducting surveys on different topics every three months. In doing so, we can release data at a more detailed level by pooling the quarterly data over the course of a year.

The Canadian Social Survey (CSS) will collect information on a variety of social topics such as health, well-being, impacts of COVID-19, activities, time-use, and emergency preparedness. The CSS will provide data at the national level (excluding the territories).

The first survey of the Series focuses on COVID-19 and Well-being.

The second survey of the Series focuses on Well-being, Activities and Perception of Time.

The third survey of the Series focuses on Well-being, Unpaid Work and Family Time.

The fourth survey of the Series focuses on Well-being, and Family Relationships.

The fifth survey of the Series focus on Well-being, Shared Values and Trust.

The information you provide may be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes. In addition, information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may be retained and used.

Collection period:
Starts on April 23, 2021
Collection methods:
An electronic questionnaire with telephone interview follow-up for non-response for each survey
Survey participation:
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    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.

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    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 Address Register, Census, health data, personal tax data and the Longitudinal Immigration Database.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The surveys in this series ask questions on topics such as

    • health
    • well-being
    • impacts of COVID-19
    • leisure activities
    • time-use
    • internet use
    • emergency preparedness
    • paid and unpaid work
    • family time
    • intentions to have children
    • life changes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • trust in people
    • shared values
    • confidence in Canadian institutions.
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    Published data

    To see results from the Canadian Social Survey (CSS), please click on the following links:

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    Survey-specific questions

    What is the Canadian Social Survey?

    The Canadian Social Survey is a new Statistics Canada initiative that involves conducting surveys on different topics every three months. By pooling the quarterly data over the course of a year, we can release data at a more detailed level.

    For now, this is an experimental project and part of a larger effort to modernize our data collection methods and activities. Thanks to respondents like you, we will be able to test this new collection method. The goal is to collect important data on Canadian society more efficiently, more rapidly, and at a lower cost compared to traditional survey methods.

    How was I selected to participate?

    Households across Canada were selected randomly. The invitation letter includes instructions on how to identify the person within the household who has been selected to participate.

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

    The purpose of the Canadian Social Survey is to rapidly gain a better understanding of a variety of social topics and provide data to Canadians, at the national level (excluding the territories). The data will be used by government departments and organizations to inform a variety of sources such as research, analyses, and policy making related to the topics covered in the Canadian Social Survey.

    How long does it take to participate in a Canadian Social Survey?

    The survey takes a maximum of twenty minutes to complete. It can be completed online, which means you can participate at any time that is convenient for you throughout the collection period.

    What are the benefits of participating in a Canadian Social Survey?

    Participating in this survey helps us to implement a new method of data collection that will provide information on Canadian society more quickly and cost-effectively.

    I do not want to participate because I don't have time. Is my participation mandatory?

    While we would greatly appreciate your support, participation is not mandatory. Please note, however, that each survey only takes a maximum of twenty minutes of your time, and you can do it online whenever it is convenient for you.

    How will you safeguard the confidentiality of my information?

    As with all Statistics Canada surveys, any information you provide 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.

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