Canadian Social Survey – Well-being, Unpaid Work and Family Time

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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 gather information about paid and unpaid work, family time, changes to your household, and intentions to have children. Survey results will provide important information about the well-being of people in Canada and help decision makers develop programs and policies to better serve all Canadians.

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:
From October 26 to December 7, 2021
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire with telephone interview follow-up for non-response
Survey participation:
  • 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 Address Register, Census, health data, personal tax data and the Longitudinal Immigration Database.

  • Block Information on Topics covered in the survey

    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • life
    • paid and unpaid work
    • family time
    • changes to your household
    • intentions to have children.
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    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.

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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.

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

    The purpose of the Canadian Social Survey on COVID-19 and Well-being is to rapidly gain a better understanding how the pandemic affects the daily lives of people like you across the country. This survey will help measure the changes brought on by the pandemic. Topics include your health, well-being, and the life changes you've experienced.

    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 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.

    Where can I find more information about this project?

    You can find more information about this project at Canadian Social Survey (CSS).

    How long does it take to participate in this 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 this 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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    Other information: list of services for respondents

    Some of the content of this survey might elicit upsetting memories of stressful or traumatic events you have experienced, which may cause you some additional stress or discomfort.

    Should you need any support, please contact any of the following resources:

    • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
      A wide range of clinical care services for mental illness and addictions
      Telephone: 1-800-463-2338
    • Wellness Together Canada
      Mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional
      Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741
      Front Line Workers: Text FRONTLINE to 741741
    • Kids Help Phone
      Available to young Canadians between 5 to 29 years old who are seeking 24-hour confidential and anonymous care with professional counsellors
      Telephone: 1-800-668-6868
      Text CONNECT to 686868
      Kids Help Phone: Online chat
    • Hope for Wellness Help Line
      Counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada
      Telephone: 1-855-242-3310
      Hope for Wellness Help Line: Online chat
    • APPELLE (Quebec residents)
      Help line for those thinking about suicide or are worried about a loved one
      Telephone: 1-866-277-3553
    • Trans LifeLine
      A trans-led organization connecting trans people to the community, support, and resources they need
      Telephone: 1-877-330-6366
    • Strongest Families Institute
      Provides services to children and families seeking help for mental health and other issues impacting health and well-being
      Telephone: 1-866-470-7111
    • Canadian Mental Health Association (National)
      Provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses and support recovery and resilience
      Telephone: 1-833-456-4566
      Telephone: 1-866-277-3553 (in Quebec)
    • Government of Canada
      Links for family violence resources and services in your area
    • Canada Suicide Prevention Service
      A national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services
      Telephone: 1-833-456-4566
  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5354
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