Other frequently asked questions

Who will use this information? How will it be used?

The data collected from the survey will be used by Statistics Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Healthy Aging as well as other federal and provincial government departments and researchers to fill a data gap that currently exists in understanding healthy aging. Policy makers and researchers will use this information to develop policies and programs that properly meet the needs of Canada's aging population.

Everyone can benefit from the knowledge gained through the survey:

  • Provincial health ministries and federal government departments will use this information when making funding decisions, developing priorities and identifying areas of concern for new policies and programs.
  • Researchers will have more health information to work with than ever before, in order to monitor, analyse and measure those factors affecting health and the aging process.
  • The media will use this information to raise awareness about healthy aging, an issue that concerns all of us.

Who is surveyed?

The survey includes approximately 32,000 randomly selected persons from 10 provinces across Canada.

How was my household selected for this survey?

Your household was randomly selected from a list of households who participated in the 2006 Census. When we determine who lives in the household, we randomly select one person aged 45 and over to complete an interview.

It would be very expensive, and not very practical, to survey every household in Canada. Instead, Statistics Canada uses a statistical method called sampling. It is an established way to determine characteristics of an entire population with the answers from a smaller, randomly chosen sample.

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 Statistics Canada.

Don't be surprised if a Statistics Canada interviewer shows up at your door in the evening or on weekends. To accommodate the respondents' busy schedules, our team of dedicated interviewers works at different times of the day, and sometimes seven days a week.

Why do you have another health survey?

The focus on health has been shifting over time to health promotion and disease prevention and as a result, information needs have changed. Specifically, information about the aging population in Canada is not currently available.

It has been more than 15 years since the last national health survey on aging (Survey on Aging and Independence, 1991). Recent changes in social and economic conditions mean that there is an important gap in what we know about how people are aging and what the needs are of varying different groups. To ensure design and delivery of programs and services are appropriate to this segment of society, accurate and reliable information is needed.

When will the results from the survey be available?

The survey results will be released in The Daily, Statistics Canada's official release bulletin, in mid 2010.