Canadian Social Survey (CSS)

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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.

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The Canadian Social Survey (CSS) is Statistics Canada’s newest data collection project. The goal is to understand social issues more rapidly by conducting surveys on different topics every three months. In doing so, we can release data at a more detailed level by pooling the quarterly data over the course of a year.

The Canadian Social Survey (CSS) will collect information on a variety of social topics such as health, well-being, impacts of COVID-19, activities, time-use, and emergency preparedness. The CSS will provide data at the national level (excluding the territories).

The first survey of the Series focuses on COVID-19 and Well-being.

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

Collection period:
Starts on April 23, 2021
Collection methods:
An electronic questionnaire with telephone interview follow-up for non-response for each survey
Survey participation:
Voluntary
  • Block Information Confidentiality

    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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    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 Address Register, Census, health data, personal tax data and the Longitudinal Immigration Database.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    The survey asks questions about

    • health
    • well-being
    • impacts of COVID-19
    • activities
    • time-use
    • emergency preparedness.
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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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    Survey-specific questions

    What is the Canadian Social Survey?

    The Canadian Social Survey is a new Statistics Canada initiative that involves conducting surveys on different topics every three months. By pooling the quarterly data over the course of a year, we can release data at a more detailed level.

    For now, this is an experimental project and part of a larger effort to modernize our data collection methods and activities. Thanks to respondents like you, 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 was I selected to participate?

    Households across Canada were selected randomly. The invitation letter includes instructions on how to identify the person within the household who has been selected to participate.

    Why are you collecting this information and what will it be used for?

    The purpose of the Canadian Social Survey is to rapidly gain a better understanding of a variety of social topics and provide data to Canadians, at the national level (excluding the territories). The data will be used by government departments and organizations to inform a variety of sources such as research, analyses, and policy making related to the topics covered in the Canadian Social Survey.

    How long does it take to participate in a Canadian Social Survey?

    The survey takes a maximum of twenty minutes to complete. It can be completed online, which means you can participate at any time that is convenient for you throughout the collection period.

    What are the benefits of participating in a Canadian Social Survey?

    Participating in this survey helps us to implement a new method of data collection that will provide information on Canadian society more quickly and cost-effectively.

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

    While we would greatly appreciate your support, participation is not mandatory. Please note, however, that each survey only takes a maximum of twenty 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 you provide 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 5354
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