Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS)

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The survey collects information on Canadians' health and health habits. The first part of the survey is a household interview, which includes questions on many health-related topics. The second part of the survey involves a visit to a mobile examination center to collect direct physical measures such as blood pressure, height and weight, bone density and vision tests.

One of the main goals of the survey is to gather information to help improve health programs and services in Canada.

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

Collection period:
From January 3, 2018 to December 19, 2019
Collection methods:
Personal interview in the respondent's home, followed by a visit to a mobile examination center, where physical measures are taken.
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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To avoid duplication of surveys, Statistics Canada has signed agreements with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada 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. Your name, address, telephone number and health number will not be shared.

    Record linkage

    At the end of the household interview:

    To enrich the data from this survey, while minimizing the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine your survey responses with information from the tax data of all members of your household. Statistics Canada may also add information from other surveys or administrative data sources.

    At the end of the mobile examination center visit:

    Statistics Canada may combine information about you collected during this survey with information from other surveys or from administrative data sources. The results will be used for statistical purposes only.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • body composition
    • blood pressure
    • bone density
    • vision
    • environmental contaminants in blood, urine and hair.

    For a copy of the fall Canadian Health Measures Survey content summary for cycles 1-8, please contact Statistics Canada's Statistical Information Service (toll-free 1-800-263-1136); 1-514-283-8300;

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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.

  • Block Information on Biobank


    As part of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), blood, urine and DNA samples (biospecimens) are collected from consenting participants. With respondents' consent, these samples are then stored at the CHMS Biobank located at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for use in future health studies.

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    Respondent relations

    Withdrawal of biospecimens

    If you consented to the storage of your/your child's blood, urine or DNA samples and would like to withdraw these biospecimens from any future health studies, please e-mail with the following information to ensure that the correct samples are removed and destroyed:

    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Home address at the time of the mobile examination center visit
    • Approximate date of mobile examination center visit

    Details on studies which have been approved to use the Canadian Health Measures Survey biobank specimens are available on the Biobank page.

    Change of address

    If you/your child move to a new address, please fill out the change of address card provided during the clinic visit or e-mail with the following information:

    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Complete new home address
    • Home address at the time of the mobile examination center visit
    • Approximate date of the mobile examination center visit

    General enquiries

    For more information related to you/your child's participation in the Canadian Health Measures Survey, please contact our respondent relations team:

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5071


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