Canadian Health Survey on Seniors (CHSS)

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The Canadian Health Survey on Seniors focuses on the health of Canadians aged 65 and over. The data will be used to better understand factors that contribute to healthy aging.

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

Collection period:
From January 2 to December 24, 2020
Collection methods:
Computer-assisted telephone interview and computer-assisted personal interview
Survey participation:
Voluntary
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    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 reduce respondent burden, Statistics Canada has entered into data-sharing agreements with provincial ministries of health, the "Institut de la Statistique du Québec", Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, who have agreed to keep the data confidential and use them only for statistical purposes.

    The Institut de la Statistique du Québec" and provincial ministries of health may make this data available to local health authorities. With the exception of postal code, names, addresses and telephone numbers will not be provided.

    With the exception of postal codes, personal identifiers such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers will not be provided to Health Canada or the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    Statistics Canada will only share your survey responses with your consent. Income information obtained from income tax records will also be provided to these organizations with your consent.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with information from the Canadian Community Health Survey, including tax data. Statistics Canada, your provincial ministry of health and the Institut de la Statistique du Québec" may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

    Examples of potential studies that could be done using record linkage:

    • Survey information on physical activity could be linked with information on doctor billings to determine whether costs to the health care system are lower for people who are active.
    • Data on chronic conditions could be linked to information from a seniors' medication insurance program to find out which types of medications are most commonly prescribed for conditions like arthritis or high blood pressure.
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    Topics covered in the survey

    Participants will be asked questions on multiple topics such as their health status, chronic conditions, the use of health care services, supports, as well as social and health determinants.

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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.

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    Related surveys

    Canadian Community Health Survey – Annual component (CCHS)

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5267
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