Portrait of Canadian Society ─ Perceptions of Life During the Pandemic

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This is the first survey in the Portrait of Canadian Society Series. The purpose of this survey is to explore your perceptions of various facets of life including home and work life, leisure and well-being.

Your voice counts, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many Canadians find themselves facing new family obligations or social isolation. Your participation in this survey gives government and other types of organizations the necessary information to plan and deliver services and support to families, during and after the pandemic.

Information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may also be retained and used.

For more information, please visit the Portrait of Canadian Society Series page.

Collection period:
From March 29 to April 11, 2021
Collection method:
Electronic questionnaire
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.

  • Record linkage

    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and reduce the response burden, Statistics Canada will combine the information you provide with information from the General Social Survey - Social Identity.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks question about

    • general health
    • physical activity
    • satisfaction
    • perceptions of the future.
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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 survey series Portrait of Canadian Society?

    The survey series Portrait of Canadian Society is a new Statistics Canada initiative. It involves asking the same group of participants to complete four brief online surveys over a one-year period.

    For now, this is an experimental project which is part of a larger effort to modernize our data collection methods and activities. Thanks to you and all of the people who agree to participate, we will be able to test this new collection method. The goal is to collect important data on Canadian society more efficiently, more rapidly and at a lower cost compared to traditional survey methods.

    How and why was I selected?

    You recently participated in the General Social Survey on Social Identity (GSS-SI). Selecting people who have already participated in a survey simplifies our data collection process. Since we already know basic information, such as your age and sex, we don't need to ask those questions again. Your participation is very important because you represent many other Canadians with characteristics similar to yours.

    What does the project involve?

    It's very easy to participate in the survey series Portrait of Canadian Society. We will send you an invitation to participate in the first survey by email or text message. Once you receive the invitation, you will be able to complete the questionnaire at your convenience. You will receive an invitation for a new survey approximately every few months, until all four of the surveys are complete. After that, we will no longer contact you for this project, except to provide the survey results to you.

    Where can I find more information about this project?

    You can find more information about this project at Portrait of Canadian Society.

    What will the surveys be about?

    The subjects will vary and will touch on current issues. All of the surveys will aim to better understand Canadians' perspectives on societal trends and changes.

    How much time will it take me to participate in this project?

    Each survey will take a maximum of five to ten minutes to complete. As the surveys are completed online, you will be able to participate at any time that is convenient for you during the collection period.

    What are the benefits of participating in this project?

    You will be helping us to implement a new method of data collection that will provide information on Canadian society more quickly and cost effectively.

    You will also receive your own results after we compile and anonymize all of the data. You will therefore be able to compare your results to the general trends captured by the surveys.

    I do not want to participate because I don't have time. Is my participation mandatory?

    We would greatly appreciate your cooperation, but participation is not mandatory. Please note, however, that each survey will only take a maximum of five to ten minutes of your time, and you can do it online whenever it is convenient for you.

    How will you safeguard the confidentiality of my information?

    As with all Statistics Canada surveys, any information provided will remain confidential pursuant to the Statistics Act.

    Statistics Canada takes the privacy of Canadians very seriously. Published data can never identify you or your household.

    To find out more about the measures in place to safeguard the confidentiality of your information, visit Statistics Canada's Trust Centre.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5352
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