Data sharing agreement

Statistics Canada has entered into an agreement with provincial ministries of health (in Quebec, the Institut de la Statistique du Québec), Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada to share the information collected from this survey. Its purpose is to reduce the burden on respondents, and to reduce the cost of data collection. This means that, in many cases, the provinces will not have to collect this information through their own surveys. The information you provide to us can only be shared with your consent.

These ministries are also prohibited by law from disclosing any identifiable information based on data collected by Statistics Canada.

What is the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)?

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a research project being carried out to learn more about the physical, mental and social changes that happen to people as they get older. It is a long-term study that will be carried out over 20 years or more. Participation in the CLSA is strictly voluntary.

The Research Team for the CLSA is lead by researchers from three Canadian universities – Dalhousie, McGill and McMaster – who are directly responsible for the CLSA.

Why do the Universities (CLSA) want my contact information?

If you choose to share your contact information and/or survey responses with the Universities (McGill, McMaster, and Dalhousie), they may contact you at a later date to ask you to participate in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. This project will benefit current and future generations by studying how we age over time. However, by agreeing to share your contact information and/or survey responses you are not obligated to participate in the CLSA.