Households and the Environment Survey (phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3)

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This survey is conducted in three phases.

Phase 1 and phase 2

In order to fully understand the impacts that Canadian households have on our environment and natural resource use, we need information relating to the characteristics and energy use of your dwelling as well as other household practices related to the environment. The survey results will be valuable in the development of environmental policy and energy conservation initiatives in Canada.

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

Collection period:

Phase 1
From October 15, 2019 to January 19, 2020

Phase 2
June 26 to September 4, 2020

Collection methods:

Phase 1
Self-administered electronic questionnaire and telephone interview

Phase 2
Paper questionnaire

Survey participation:

Voluntary

Your participation in the Household and the Environment Survey is voluntary. However, since every respondent in this survey represents many other people in your province and in Canada, it is important that each respondent participate in order to ensure that the collected information is as precise and accurate as possible.

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    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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To avoid duplication of surveys, Statistics Canada has signed agreements with Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to share the information collected during this survey. They have agreed to keep the information confidential and use it only for statistical purposes.

    The information you provide to us can only be shared with your consent.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    Phase 1

    This survey asks questions about

    • home heating and cooling
    • use of firewood
    • water quality concerns of households
    • consumption and conservation of water
    • consumption and conservation of energy
    • pesticide and fertilizer use on lawns and gardens
    • use of household lawn and garden equipment
    • use of gasoline-powered recreation equipment
    • composting and household hazardous waste disposal practices
    • household interactions with nature
    • purchasing decisions.

    Phase 2

    This survey asks questions about

    • dwelling characteristics
    • consent to contact the dwelling's energy provider.
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    2019 Households and the Environment Survey

    An important survey

    The environment is important to Canadian households. Statistics Canada's Households and the Environment Survey measures the environmental practices, behaviours and awareness of Canadian households. It provides key indicators of how we are doing when it comes to the environment.

    Your response is important to us

    Your household has been selected for this survey. Because it is a sample survey, you and the members of your household could represent hundreds of other Canadians. As a result, your participation has an importance that extends far beyond your household.

    The survey covers these general themes:

    • Consumption and conservation of water
    • Consumption and conservation of energy
    • Home heating and cooling Indoor environment
    • Household hazardous waste
    • Gasoline-powered equipment use
    • Interactions with nature
    • Use of wood for heating at home
    • Purchasing decisions

    The 2017 Households and the Environment Survey found…

    • 25% made purchases to feed or shelter birds
    • 57% grew fruit, herbs, vegetables or flowers
    • 88% has at least one type of energy-saving light (excluding LED holiday lights)
    • 3% that had unwanted medications flushed them down the toilet
    • 63% that had heard of radon could correctly describe it
    • 34% that had dead or unwanted compact fluorescent lights put them in the garbage
    • 87% had a park or green space close to home
    • 56% composted kitchen waste
    • 20% drank primarily bottled water
    • 60% had an air conditioner

    Your confidentiality is protected

    Statistics Canada protects the confidentiality of the information you provide. We will not release any information that could identify you or your household without your consent.

    Every Statistics Canada employee is sworn to secrecy. Your information is kept strictly confidential and is used only for statistical purposes only.

    For more information

    Visit www.statcan.gc.ca/HES

    Call toll-free: 1-800-263-1136

    Email: statcan.environ-environ.statcan@canada.ca

    Results from the 2017 Households and the Environment Survey can be found on the Statistics Canada website in the publication Environment Fact Sheets (Catalogue no. 16-508-X) and in other publications.

    Note of appreciation

    Canada owes the success of its statistics system to a long-standing partnership between Statistics Canada, the citizens of Canada, its businesses, governments and other institutions. Accurate and timely statistical information could not be produced without their continued cooperation and goodwill.

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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.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 3881

Phase 3 - Energy Use Data Collection

The Households and the Environment Survey:  Energy Use phase III (HEUS phase III) is a follow up on the Households and the Environment survey. The objective of this administrative data gathering is to provide a precise account of how much energy is consumed by households in Canada. The target population is private dwellings in all provinces. (Households in Northern Canada are excluded).

During HEUS phase II respondents are asked about their energy providers for each energy sources used by their household in their dwelling (electricity, natural gas, propane, and/or heating oil). For each of these types of energy that the household uses, the form collected account information and consent to contact their energy providers in HEUS phase III.

Phase III consist in contacting the energy providers and send them a list of their client who consented to provide Statistics Canada their energy consumption information. They are then asked to send back the appropriate data regarding the listed clients.

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

Collection period:
From October 19, 2020 to March 17, 2021
Collection methods:
Other (informational e-mail including a link to and EFT vault for data transfer)
Survey participation:
Voluntary
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    Confidentiality

    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

    By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To avoid duplication, Statistics Canada has entered into an agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to share the information that you provided on this survey. This includes the information obtained during the telephone interview, the information provided on this questionnaire, and if you gave Statistics Canada the authorization to do so, the information obtained directly from the energy supplier(s). Names, addresses, telephone numbers and account numbers will not be shared. Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing have agreed to keep your information confidential and use it only for statistical purposes.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The 2019 HEUS phase III is an administrative data collection process. The data collected is the energy consumption of participants to HEUS phase II who consented for their data to be shared with Statistics Canada. No other information is collected from the energy providers.

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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.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 3881
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