By collecting information about health at the community level, the Canadian Community Health Survey aims to
- support local health units by providing them with the timely information they need to evaluate existing programs and to design new ones suited to their communities
- provide more current, detailed and uniform health information in every province and territory.
Results of our surveys are used for policy-making and program development that affect Canadian communities. The Canadian Community Health Survey has already been instrumental in drawing attention to emerging health issues, such as the decrease in teen smoking.
Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.
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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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Data sharing agreements and record linkage
Data sharing agreements
To reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data sharing agreements with provincial ministries of health, the "Institut de la Statistique du Québec", Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, who have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes.
The "Institut de la Statistique du Québec" and provincial ministries of health may make this data available to local health authorities. With the exception of postal code, names, addresses and telephone numbers will not be provided.
With the exception of postal codes, personal identifiers such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers will not be provided to Health Canada or the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Statistics Canada will only share your survey responses with your consent. Income information obtained from income tax records will also be provided to these organizations with your consent.
To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with information from the Canadian Community Health Survey, including tax data. Statistics Canada, your provincial ministry of health and the "Institut de la Statistique du Québec" may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.
Examples of potential studies that could be done using record linkage:
- Survey information on physical activity could be linked with information on doctor billings to determine whether costs to the health care system are lower for people who are active.
- Data on chronic conditions could be linked to information from a seniors' medication insurance program to find out which types of medications are most commonly prescribed for conditions like arthritis or hypertension.
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Topics covered in the survey
Participants will be asked questions on multiple topics such as the perception of their physical and mental health state, on chronic conditions, the use of health care services, and behaviors related to health such as smoking, physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables and alcohol use.
Data are also collected on a variety of socio-demographics. These data allow for health analysis for specific population groups (by age groups, geography, etc.)
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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.
Block Information on Related surveys
- For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 3226