Travel Survey of Residents of Canada (TSRC)
Summary of changes
Activity on this program started: 1979
Previously, about 10% of interviews were conducted via a computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI). Interviews are now conducted solely by computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI).
Sampling - In 2009 the TSRC had a sample cut of 1 rotation in every province on the LFS. This translated into a reduction of almost half the sample.
In 2001, Statistics Canada and the other sponsors of the Canadian Travel Survey reached the conclusion that the survey needed to be redesigned. Since the beginning of 2005, the Travel Survey of Residents of Canada (TSRC) has been conducted to measure domestic travel in Canada. It replaces the Canadian Travel Survey. Featuring several definitional changes and a new questionnaire, this survey provides estimates of domestic travel that are more in line with the international guidelines recommended by the WTO and the United Nations Statistical Commission.
Target population - In the Canadian Travel Survey, the target population consisted of Canadian residents who were 15 years of age and older. Since many of these youth were not able to respond effectively to the survey, the minimum age was raised to 18 years of age and older in TSRC.
This was the last release of domestic travel estimates based on the Canadian Travel Survey (CTS).
At the start of 2002, a more systematic interviewer monitoring system was implemented in the regional offices. This is an automated system that enables supervisors to see the interviewer's screen remotely and hear the telephone conversation between the interviewer and the respondent. Increased monitoring of interviewers served to improve the collection of information from respondents and thereby enhance the quality of the data produced by the survey.
Data sources - In the summer of 2000, the CTS and LFS data collection method was changed. Rather than being done by interviewers working out of their homes (a de-centralized environment), the majority of the collection was going to be done in all regional offices (centralized environment).
For changes that occurred prior to November 2000, please refer to the document entitled History of the Canadian Travel Survey available in the "Documentation" section located at the end of the detailed information for this survey (for the fourth quarter 2004 or any previous reference period).