Executive Work and Health Survey (EWHS)

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The information collected will provide an accurate picture of the working environment and health of executives in the public service. The data will be used by the APEX and others to advocate for improvements in these areas.

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

Collection period:
From May 28 to July 2, 2021
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire
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.

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    Data sharing agreements and record linkage

    Data sharing agreements

    To avoid the duplication of surveys, Statistics Canada has signed an agreement with the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) to share the information that you provided on this survey. The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada has agreed to keep your information confidential and use it only for statistical purposes.

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may 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

    • your work
    • your health (such as physical activity, chronic conditions or behaviours related to smoking)
    • the Federal Government
    • your background (such as your level of education, presence of a disability, or visible minority status).
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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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    What is the Executive Work and Health Survey?

    Developed by the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) with various experts in the field of occupational health research and organizational health, the Executive Work and Health Survey aims to describe the work environment of federal public service executives. This will, in turn, contribute to a better general understanding of the relationship between an individual's health and work environment.

    The APEX, which has conducted the Executive Work and Health survey every five years since 1997, has contracted Statistics Canada to conduct this survey in 2021.

    When does this survey take place?

    Collection for this survey will take place from May 28 to July 2, 2021.

    What kinds of questions does this survey ask?

    This survey asks questions about your work conditions, job satisfaction, health, work-life balance, use of e-technology, physical activity, substance use, chronic conditions, quality of sleep, and educational level, among other topics.

    How were the survey questions determined?

    Each survey question intends to analyze the relationship between an individual's work environment and health, as well as factors that mitigate the effect of this relationship. Academics who specialize in this area of study selected these questions. Also, a great deal of the survey content comes from well-established scales and sets of questions used to measure specific concepts. Other questions, which have also been carefully developed and tested, are standard to Statistics Canada surveys.

    Who is eligible to participate in the survey?

    Employees who work in the occupational groups listed below can participate in this survey. These include organizations and agencies that fall under the Public Service Employment Act (those which are listed in Schedules I, IV and V of the Financial Administration Act) and have provided the information required for the survey frame.

    • EX-01 to EX-05
    • DM 01 to DM-03
    • NEB 13 to 15
    • CIHR Grade 13 to 16
    • MGT and RLE 01-04
    • DS 7A, 7B and 8
    • FT-05 to FT-08
    • GCQ, GC, GX appointments in full-time management positions
    • HCX-1 to HCX-5
    • AB 9-14
    • LC-01 to LC-04
    • LEX-01 to LEX-05
    • MD-MOF 4 and 5
    • MD-MSP 3
    • RE/RÉ 8-11
    • MG 01-05
    • GR-EX-01 to GR-EX-05
    • PCX 01-05
    • DX, AGS-07, PX, AGS-08, AAG, CE, DAG
    • REX-07 to REX-11
    • SEG

    Employees who work in the following departments and agencies are not eligible to participate in this survey. These organizations did not provide the list of their employees who work in the above occupational groups.

    • Canada Energy Regulator
    • Canada Industrial Relations Board
    • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
    • Correctional Investigator Canada
    • Courts Administration Service
    • Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
    • Governance in Council
    • Human Rights Tribunal of Canada
    • Indian Oil and Gas Canada
    • International Development Research Centre
    • International Joint Commission
    • Library of Parliament
    • National Joint Commission
    • Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
    • Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada
    • Supreme Court of Canada

    How do I participate in this survey?

    From May 28 to 31, all eligible participants will receive an email invitation from Statistics Canada containing a unique secure access code they can use to complete the survey online. Reminders will also be emailed in cases of non-response.

    How long does the survey take to complete?

    The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. The survey does not need to be completed in one sitting. The link included in the survey invitation will allow you to end your session and pick up where you left off later.

    Is this survey mandatory?

    Your participation in this survey is voluntary; however, we encourage you to have your say. Your responses will provide valuable information for the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and other researchers. The Executive Work and Health Survey is unique in that it will provide indicators about the work conditions of federal public service executives that not available elsewhere.

    Where can I find the previous results of this survey?

    Findings from the other cycles of this survey are available on the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada website.

    Do I need to complete the survey for my responses to be used?

    Information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may be retained and used for statistical and research purposes.

    Who will have access to the survey data?

    Statistics Canada has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX). This agreement requires APEX to follow the same regulations imposed on Statistics Canada by the Statistics Act. This means that your information will remain confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. Only survey participants who respond 'yes' to the data sharing question at the end of this survey will have their survey responses shared with APEX.

    Is the information I provide confidential?

    Yes, this survey is conducted by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, which guarantees that the information you provide will be kept confidential. To learn more about how Statistics Canada protects your information, visit our Trust Centre.

    The following precautions have been taken to ensure that your information is kept confidential:

    • names of respondents will not be included on the analysis file that will be created and made available to the APEX
    • the data will be compiled, aggregated and released in table and chart format so that a respondent cannot be linked to their responses
    • all outputs will be carefully screened to ensure that they do not reveal the identity of individual respondents

    What if I need an adapted version of the survey?

    In accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat's standards, the inclusive single version of the 2021 Executive Work and Health Survey will provide an optimal experience to all respondents—regardless of ability—and does not rely on assistive technology.

    What if I encounter technical difficulties while completing the survey?

    If you have any questions, please contact us:

    Phone: 1-877-949-9492 (TTY: 1-800-363-7629)
    Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 8 am to 7 pm. (EST)

    Email: infostats@canada.ca

    Website: www.statcan.gc.ca/SNPS

    When will the survey results be available?

    The survey data are expected to be released in late 2021.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5350
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