Pulse Survey on COVID-19 and its Impacts on Public Service Employees (PSCIPSE)

Detailed information for 2020/2021




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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many public service employees have experienced major changes in their work and lifestyle. In light of this, a series of questionnaires has been developed to gather information that will help departments and agencies shed light on the impact of these changes on employees, and that will allow us to be agile and adapt over time.

Data release - June 22, 2020 (First in a series of releases for this reference period.)


The questionnaires will cover different topics, such as mental health and wellness, the current work environment, leadership and support, and the ways we will conduct work in the future. A number of questions may be repeated from one questionnaire to the next to help determine how employee circumstances are evolving over time.

Reference period: During the COVID-19 pandemic

Collection period: Begins May 14, 2020.


  • Employment and remuneration
  • Government
  • Health
  • Labour
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Society and community
  • Workplace organization, innovation, performance

Data sources and methodology

Target population

Statistics Canada employees as well as employees from participating departments or agencies are eligible to participate.

Instrument design

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.


This methodology does not apply.

Data sources

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Data collection will be conducted exclusively online by participant self-completion in a crowdsourcing application.

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

Error detection

Basic error detection will identify inconsistencies or potential outliers.


Basic imputation could be done to correct inconsistencies or incomplete data.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

While an outlier detection process is used on the crowdsourced data, caution must be exercised when interpreting these data, because data collection is conducted on a voluntary basis and therefore subject to multiple biases.

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.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Data accuracy

This methodology does not apply.

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