In preparation for the 2021 Census, Statistics Canada conducted a content consultation from fall 2017 to spring 2018 using an online questionnaire and face-to-face discussions.

Consultation respondents and federal stakeholders suggested that the census questionnaire collect information on general health status.

You asked, we listened

As a result of national consultations with interested parties, Statistics Canada has included a new question on general health status—which refers to the general perception of a person's health—in the 2019 Census Test.

General health, which is not currently part of the Census of Population, is a frequently reported data gap. The data collected by this question will provide community-level health indicators for specific populations, such as new immigrants, Indigenous peoples, youth and seniors. The resulting data would be comparable at local, regional and national levels.

You asked for Proposed content for the 2019 Census Test
Information on general health A question on general health status has been added to the census test questionnaire to collect information on the health status of people in Canada.

Respondents said that if these data on the health status of people in Canada were more widely available, they would help governments to better plan policies, programs and services for the health care system.

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