The Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth explores issues that have an impact on the physical and mental health of children and youth, such as physical activity, the use of electronic devices, time spent in school and extracurricular activities. Information from the survey will be used to develop programs and policies to help improve the lives of Canadian children and youth.
Information from this survey will be used to better understand the challenges that children and youth face today, and to develop programs and policies to help improve the lives of Canadian children and youth.
Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.
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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 reduce response burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations, which have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Statistics Canada will only share data from this survey with those organizations that have demonstrated a requirement to use the data.
Section 12 of the Statistics Act provides for the sharing of information with federal, provincial or territorial government organizations.
For this survey, there are Section 12 agreements with: Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, provincial and territorial ministries of health and the Institut de la statistique du Québec. The information you provide us will only be shared with your consent.
The personal identifiers (names, addresses, telephone numbers and health numbers) will be provided only to the provincial and territorial ministries of health and the Institut de la statistique du Québec. No personal identifiers will be shared with Health Canada or the Public Health Agency of Canada.
To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the burden on survey respondents, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with information from tax data of all members of your household.
For respondents who provide consent to share, the information you provide may also be combined by the provincial and territorial ministries of health and, for Québec residents, the Institut de la statistique du Québec, with information from other survey or administrative sources. This may include information on past and continuing use of health services such as visits to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices.
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Topics covered in the survey
Participants will be asked questions on topics such as the perception of their physical and mental health, chronic conditions, the use of health care services, and behaviours thought to be related to health such as physical activity, sedentary activity, use of electronic devices, eating behaviours, extracurricular activities, and friends, family and school.
Parents can expect questions about:
- use and availability of health care services;
- health conditions and allergies;
- eating habits;
- school, child care, sports, clubs and other activities.
Youth can expect questions about:
- school, sports, clubs, extracurricular and physical activities;
- use of social media and electronic devices;
- eating habits;
- friends, family and community;
- behaviours (e.g. smoking, alcohol and other substance use);
Youth aged 15 to 17 can also expect questions about:
- sexual attraction;
- suicidal thoughts.
Socio-demographic information is also collected. This allows for analysis for specific population groups (by age groups, geographies, etc.).
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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.
- Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5233