Canadian Housing Survey

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: 2018

Reference period of change - 2020

Content of the survey-

Each survey cycle, the CHS content is reviewed and updated to reflect the changing data needs of stakeholders. As a result, new thematic content modules are introduced and others are removed.

For the 2020 survey, the following content has been added:

• previous experience in subsidized housing
• forced moves (including eviction) and reasons for them
• various dimensions of physical and mental wellbeing, and how they impact everyday living of Canadians
• immigration and citizenship status
• impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on dwelling and neighbourhood satisfaction, loss of housing and economic hardships of households

The following content has been removed:

• lease arrangements
• neighbourhood services
• intentions to move
• volunteering
• dwelling accessibility adaptation

Sampling and collection

For reference year 2020, CHS collection includes all 10 provinces and the three territorial capitals (Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, collection via Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) is not possible and data in the three territorial capitals are collected instead using self-response Electronic Questionnaire (rEQ) and Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) follow-up.

For reference year 2020, data are collected from the beginning of January until mid-May 2021 in all 10 provinces and from the beginning of January until the end of March 2021 in the three territorial capitals. In reference period year 2018, data were collected from the beginning of November 2018 until the end of March 2019.

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