Canadian Housing Survey (CHS)

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Have you been invited to participate in this survey via email or mail? To log in to the survey, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Visit the electronic questionnaire portal and select Start my survey.

Step 2: Enter your secure access code (you will find this code in the invitation letter or email you previously received from Statistics Canada).

Step 3: Complete the survey.

Are you missing your secure access code, or do you need help?

(TTY: 1-800-363-7629)
Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time



Statistics Canada is currently testing the use of text messages as an additional way to reach selected survey participants. As a result, selected participants may receive text messages from Statistics Canada inviting them to go to our website to complete a survey questionnaire. This will help to ensure we have high participation rates for our surveys, which will allow us to continue to produce high-quality data.

This survey collects information about housing needs and experiences from a sample of Canadian households. Data from the Canadian Housing Survey will be used to help understand and address issues such as access to affordable housing, and to improve housing conditions.

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

Collection period:
From November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Collection methods:
For provinces: electronic questionnaire and telephone interview
For territories: electronic questionnaire, telephone interview and personal interview
Survey participation:
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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.

    By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.

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    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with data from tax, housing, and immigration databases. Statistics Canada may also combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about:

    • housing needs
    • social and affordable housing
    • satisfaction with dwelling and neighborhood
    • housing moves or intentions to move
    • household’s social interactions with the community
    • housing adaptations to improve accessibility
    • health
    • homelessness
    • socio-demographic characteristics
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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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    Frequently asked questions

    Why should I participate?

    Your participation in this survey is voluntary.  However, it is important in order to create a complete and accurate picture of housing in all regions of Canada.  Your responses ensure that your type of household—single individuals, lone-parent families, retired couples, etc.—is well represented in the survey results and in the decisions that are made using those results.

    What type of housing does the survey cover?

    We use the term “housing” to refer to where you live and that includes various types of structures and arrangements. Please speak to us about that place you call home (whatever that might be!) by participating in our survey. 

    When will the results for the survey be available?

    Survey results are planned to be released in the fall of 2019. Once the survey data are verified and analyzed, the results are published in various formats. Survey highlights are published in Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin The Daily.

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    Housing information is key to overcoming housing challenges

    The Canadian Housing Survey (CHS) collects information about the housing needs and experiences of Canadians. The goal is to collect information that will lead to improved housing conditions and greater access to affordable housing.

    Statistics Canada conducts the CHS in partnership with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

    Housing is more than just a roof over our heads

    Learning about the housing needs and experiences of Canadians is a vital first step in finding solutions to some of our important challenges. To do that, Statistics Canada needs your help!

    Share your experience, and participate in the Canadian Housing Survey. Help us learn more about how housing relates to the well-being of Canadians and how affordable housing can help communities be inclusive and sustainable.

    Specifically, the survey will help answer questions such as: 

    • Do Canadians have housing that meets their needs and that they can afford?
    • Are Canadians satisfied with their housing and their neighbourhood?
    • Are those most in need able to access affordable housing?
    • Why do Canadians move, and do they prefer to own or rent?

    You can make a world of difference

    Whether or not you are satisfied with your housing, your participation makes a difference. 

    By interviewing a cross section of the population, Statistics Canada will deliver an up-to-date snapshot of the housing needs of Canadians and the state of Canada’s affordable housing. 
    This information will guide decisions about social and housing programs designed to meet the needs of Canadians. 

    Your answers are important as they represent other Canadians like you. Every person who does not answer the survey impacts the quality of the results. Your participation is essential to ensuring the data is the best it can be!

    Participating is easy

    Statistics Canada is conducting this survey in all provinces and territories. We know Canadians are busy, and we very much appreciate you taking the time to assist us with the Canadian Housing Survey.

    Please refer to the letter you received from Statistics Canada. It contains the information you need to access and complete the survey.

    The information you provide is confidential

    All information collected by Statistics Canada is strictly confidential and is protected by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada cannot release any information that would identify you or any member of your household without your consent. Furthermore, this information cannot be released under any other law, not even the Access to Information Act.

    Need more information?

    Website: Information for survey participants (ISP)

    Visit our website

    Statistics Canada Regional Offices:

    Atlantic: 1-800-565-1685
    Quebec: 1-800-363-6720
    Ontario: 1-800-387-0714
    Western Provinces and Territories: 1-866-445-4323
    Statistics Canada National Enquiries Line: 1-800-263-1136
    TTY Device for the Hearing Impaired: 1-866-753-7083

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