Internet Pilot Survey on Caregiving (GSS)

Detailed information for 2011




One Time

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The purpose of this pilot is to provide Statistics Canada with information on key aspects of E-questionnaire data collection as well as measuring the impact of Internet collection on estimates.

Data release - All collected data will only be used internally to assess the processes and to compare them to the computer assisted telephone interview ones.


The objectives of the pilot are to:

(1) Introduce the E-questionnaire as a collection tool for social surveys;
(2) Collect as many responses via E-questionnaire as possible so that:

a) a comparison can be made of the EQ data collected and the CATI data (collected from the GSS Cycle 26 Main survey during the same time period);
b) study any possible mode effect between the EQ and CATI collection methods; and
c) review and assess the GSS EQ collection strategy overall.

The information gathered on the subject matter of this Internet pilot survey on caregiving - GSS will be used mainly by methodologists to compare to data gathered via the GSS Cycle 26 Main CATI Survey (Caregiving and Care Receiving). The methodologists will be using the data collected in this pilot to determine:

- The overall mode effect of an E-questionnaire option;
- How many EQ Offers were accepted;
- How many EQ Offers were not accepted;
- How many cases were otherwise accounted for, i.e. were out of scope;
- What are the characteristics of those persons who accepted the EQ Offer as opposed to those persons who did not accept the EQ Offer.

All collected data will only be used internally.


  • Collection and questionnaires
  • Statistical methods

Data sources and methodology

Target population

Canadian population aged 15 and over for which the selected phone number is used as a home phone number.

Instrument design

The content questionnaire was developed with the input of methodology, CSID, CPMD team members based and/or adapted on existing CATI modules including harmonized content modules.

The CATI questionnaire comprise of the Standard RDD Entry/Exit and some specific content developed to confirm marital status and to collect the number of children, the main activity, education level, country of birth and household income of the selected respondent.

Both CATI and Internet content were reviewed by QDRC. The proposed changes were adopted.


This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.

A sample of 10,000 households equally distributed in all the provinces is used for this test. This sample is representative of all households in Canada.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2012-05-08 to 2012-07-09

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

The data will be collected using both a CATI application and an Electronic Questionnaire. An introduction letter will be sent in advance to all respondents.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.


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