Frequently asked questions

What is the Youth in Transition Survey?

The Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) is a survey conducted every two years by Statistics Canada. This survey provides information on the experiences that young Canadians have in school and at work.

What is a longitudinal survey?

Most surveys provide a "snapshot" look at the group they are surveying, that is, a picture of the situation at a specific point in time. A longitudinal survey involves surveying the same group of people over a longer period of time.

Conducting the survey over a period of time not only provides the necessary information about changes that occur, but also shows the effects of these changes.

Who is surveyed?

Approximately 15,000 young adults will be interviewed for this survey between February and June 2010.

How is the information used?

The results from the YITS Reading Skills Reassessment will have many uses. Among those using the results will be Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). HRDSC is developing the survey in partnership with Statistics Canada in order to have information to aid policy and program development. Other users of the results include educators, social and policy analysts, and advocacy groups. The information gathered through this project will offer a unique opportunity to look at how various educational and labour market trajectories influence the evolution of individuals' knowledge and skills between the age of 15 and 24.

Young adults themselves will be able to see the impact of decisions relating to education or work experiences. They will be able to see how their own experiences compare to those of other young adults.

How can someone verify that the survey is legitimate?

All interviewers carry photo identification issued by Statistics Canada. In all cases, it is possible to verify an interviewer's identity by contacting us.

To accommodate the respondents' busy schedules, our team of dedicated interviewers works at different times of the day, and sometimes seven days a week.

How do I find survey results?

Results from the YITS are released in The Daily, Statistics Canada's official release bulletin. Results from the 2010 survey should be released in ...

The section on Facts and figures lists the results already published in The Daily, other publications as well as in analytical studies.

If I want more information about the YITS Reading Skills Reassessment Survey, where can I find it?

Contact us for more information on this survey.