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Finding Data: Data on Health - Canada


  • Aboriginal People's Survey (1991, 2001, 2006, 2012)
    Data on the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal people in Canada. Identifies the needs of Aboriginal people and focus on issues such as health, language, employment, income, schooling, housing, and mobility.

  • Canadian Community Health Survey (2000-2001, 2003, 2005, 2007-2014)
    Provides data for health regions and combinations of health regions across Canada. Includes information on a wide range of topics, including: physical activity, height and weight, smoking, exposure to second hand smoke, alcohol consumption, general health, chronic health conditions, injuries, and use of health care services. It also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labour force characteristics of the population. For 2002 and 2012, there is an additional file for the Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health.

    Sample Size: Sample of respondents aged 12 or older residing in households in all provinces and territories.

  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
    Not-for-profit organization that collects and disseminates data on Canadian health indicators, health care professionals, expenditures and services. Some summary data is freely available; access to full databases can be requested.

  • Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care (2007-2008)
    Provides a system-wide perspective on health care reform to the Canadian public with a particular focus on issues related to accountability and transparency. Focuses on health care services, health spending and human resources working in the health sector, as well as issues surrounding the health of the population.

  • Country trends in metabolic risk factors
    Statistics by country for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes, and glucose.

  • Cross-National Comparison of Interagency Coordination Between Law Enforcement and Public Health
    Examined strategies for interagency coordination in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. Primary goal was to produce promising practices that will help law enforcement and public health agencies improve interagency coordination related to terrorist threats, as well as other public health emergencies. Phase I of this study used the Surveillance System Inventory (SSI). The SSI is a database that documents and describes public health and public safety surveillance systems in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. The purpose of the SSI was to summarize the status of coordination between law enforcement and public health agencies across these systems, as well as to highlight potentially useful systems for coordination and dual-use integration.

  • Drug consumption, collected online March 2011 to March 2012, English-speaking countries
    Online survey of respondents aged 18 and over from English-speaking countries concerning their personality attributes, demographic information, and their use of legal and illegal drugs. Twelve personality attributes were measured by questionnaires including the NEO-FFI-R (neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness), BIS-11 (impulsivity), and ImpSS (sensation seeking). Participants were questioned regarding their use of 18 legal and illegal drugs (alcohol, amphetamines, amyl nitrite, benzodiazepine, cannabis, chocolate, cocaine, caffeine, crack, ecstasy, heroin, ketamine, legal highs, LSD, methadone, mushrooms, nicotine, and volatile substance abuse) and one fictitious drug (Semeron) which was used to identify over-claimers. Demographic variables include level of education, age, gender, country of residence, and ethnicity.

  • General Social Survey (Canada)
    Surveys from a sample selected across the 10 provinces. The 2 primary objectives are a) to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and wellbeing of Canadians over time; and b) to provide immediate information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest. Each survey contains a core topic, focus or exploratory questions and a standard set of socio-demographic questions used for classification. More recent cycles have also included some qualitative questions which explore perceptions. For all cycles except Cycle 16, the population aged 15 and older has been sampled. Cycle 16 only sampled persons aged 45 and older. Until 1998, the sample size was approximately 10,000 persons. This was increased in 1999 to 25,000.
    Cycle 1, Health and social support, 1985.
    Cycle 2, Time use, social mobility and language use, 1986
    Cycle 3, Personal risk, 1988
    Cycle 4, Education, work and retirement, 1989
    Cycle 5, Family and friends, 1990
    Cycle 6, Health, 1991
    Cycle 7, Time use, 1992
    Cycle 8, Personal risk, 1993
    Cycle 9, Education, work and retirement, 1994
    Cycle 10. Family, 1995
    Cycle 11, Social and community support, 1996
    Cycle 12, Time use, 1998
    Cycle 13, Victimization, 1999
    Cycle 14, Access to and use of information communication, 2000
    Cycle 15, Family history, 2001
    Cycle 16, Aging and social support, 2002
    Cycle 17, Social engagement, 2003
    Cycle 18, Victimization, 2004.
    Cycle 19, Time use, 2005.
    Cycle 20, Family Transitions, 2006.
    Cycle 21, Family, Social Support and Retirement, 2007.
    Cycle 22, Social Networks, 2008.
    Cycle 23, Victimization, 2009.
    Cycle 24, Time-Stress and Well-Being, 2010.
    Cycle 25, Families, 2011.
    Cycle 26, Social Support and Aging, 2012
    Cycle 27, Giving, Volunteering, Participating, 2013
    Cycle 28, Victimization, 2014
    Cycle 29, Time Use, 2015

  • Global Burden of Disease Study 2015
    Includes estimates on mortality, causes of death, life expectancy, disability, and various risk factors for a large number of countries.

  • Global Health Observatory (GHO)
    Formerly WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS). Some useful datasets available here include:
    • Burden of Disease Project
    • Maternal Mortality
    • Country Estimates of Health Personnel

  • Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Series (1995-1998, 2001-2002, 2005-2006, 2009-2010)
    Annual survey to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Every year the survey will be conducted in approximately 50 countries, with a minimal sample size of 500 per country. Wherever possible, within each country a nationally representative sample n=500 adults, male and female, aged 18 and older will be used. In some emergent countries, where such research conditions are not possible, there may be stated variations to this (e.g. urban areas only). Similarly, in the developed world interviews will be conducted by telephone, while in emergent and under-developed countries face to face interviews will be conducted. Demographic variables include sex, age, household income, education level, employment status, and religious preference. ICPSR has data for the USA. Data for other countries are available by request through the Norwegian Social Science Data Archive. The survey involves 43 countries across North America and Europe.

  • Health New Zealand Database on Tobacco Consumption and its determinants in 23 OECD Countries, 1960-2000
    Provides information on consumption and warning labels for cigarettes and tobacco.

  • HIV Transmission Network Metastudy Project: An Archive of Data From Eight Network Studies, 1988--2001
    The purpose of this project was to establish a collection of datasets that could be used (1) to analyze the influence of partnership networks on the transmission of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, and (2) to examine the influence of study design on estimation of network properties and impacts. Eight studies contributed datasets to the collection. They include: (1) Colorado Springs Project 90, 1988-1992; (2) Bushwick [Brooklyn, NY] Social Factors and HIV Risk (SFHR) Study, 1991-1993; (3) Atlanta Urban Networks Project, 1996-1999; (4) Flagstaff Rural Network Study, 1996-1998; (5) Atlanta Antiretroviral Adherence Study, 1998-2001; (6) Houston Risk Networks Study, 1997-1998; (7) Baltimore SHIELD (Self-Help in Eliminating Life-Threatening Diseases), 1997-1999; and (8) Manitoba Chlamydia Study, 1997-1998. Each study contains information on sexual, needle sharing, and/or social networks. Each dataset was harmonized to permit comparative analysis. These studies, all closed for further enrollment, provide a range of designs and study types as well as a range of transmitted diseases. This allows researchers to investigate the relative effect of personal behavior and network connections on the dynamics of disease transmission, and to explore the impact of sampling design on estimation of network properties. Respondents were asked questions about different test results such as HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis. Demographic variables include race, ethnicity, marital status, age, and gender.

  • Joint Canada-US Survey of Health (JCUSH)
    Research study conducted by Statistics Canada and the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data collection began in November 2002 and ended in March 2003. The JCUSH was a one-time, random telephone survey in both countries. Designed to produce a set of highly comparable health data on Canadian and U.S. populations that will enable researchers to better understand how the differing health care systems affect health care, health status and functional status.

    Sample Size: Approximately 3,500 Canadian and 5,200 U.S. residents

    Joint Canada-US Survey of Health (JCUSH) (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Statistics Canada and the National Center for Health Statistics
    Producer: Statistics Canada and the National Center for Health Statistics
    Distributor: Statistics Canada

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth: Documentation and Microdata files (Canada)
    Long-term study of Canadian children that follows their development and well-being from birth to early adulthood. The study is designed to collect information about factors influencing a child's social, emotional and behavioural development and to monitor the impact of these factors on the child's development over time. Data after Cycle 3 is no longer released to the public. Access is now only at Research Data Centres in Canada.

    National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth: Documentation and Microdata files (Canada) (Electronic File)
    Version: Cycles 1,2,3 (1994-1999)

  • National Physician Database (NPDB)
    Provides information on physician payments through the provincial and territorial medical care plans and service utilization in Canada. Has data from 1989-1990 onward (online 2006+). Older reports/tables not listed below are available upon request.

  • National Population Health Survey 1994-1999
    Designed to collect information on the health of the Canadian population and related socio-demographic information.

    Sample Size: Approximately 20,000 households

  • OECD Health Data
    Examines national health systems from 1960 forward for OECD member countries and select non-OECD countries in a general, demographic, economic, and social context.

  • Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) (2001, 2006)
    Post-censal survey of adults in Canada with disabilities, including any person whose everyday activities are limited because of a physical condition or health problem. Covers themes such as activity limitations, help with everyday activities, education, employment status, social participation and economic characteristics.

  • Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention
    The data is based on HIV and AIDS in Canada: A National Survey. In 2011, The CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC) and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) commissioned The Strategic Counsel to conduct a national survey of the Canadian population to examine the public's current attitudes, knowledge and perceptions of HIV and AIDS in Canada and trends over time.

  • UNICEF Global Database on Breastfeeding Indicators

  • UNICEF: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
    Contains the full range of statistical information made available by UNICEF. Includes the official global statistical databases published in The State of the World's Children. Indicators on child survival and health, child nutrition, maternal health, water and sanitation, education, child protection, HIV/AIDS, immunization, and Millennium Development Goals.

  • Victoria Longitudinal Study (VLS)
    Large-scale multi-faceted investigation of human aging. Examines late-life changes in numerous aspects of health, cognition, biological status, adaptivity, and psychosocial factors. Operating in two sites (Edmonton, Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia), the VLS examines profiles, patterns, and predictors of age-related changes in healthy, community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults.

  • World Health Survey (WHS) (2002-2004)
    Monitors critical health outcomes and health systems through the fielding of a valid, reliable, and comparable household survey instrument. The WHS was implemented between 2002 and 2004 in countries selected to represent all regions of the world. Study samples were nationally representative and probabilistically selected. Sampling weights were generated and adjusted for the population distribution with final post-stratification corrections for non-response. The total sample size, using nationally representative samples, includes over 300,000 individuals aged 18+ years. For China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa, WHS also serves as SAGE Wave 0. Household data includes a household roster, health insurance coverage, health expenditures, and indicators of permanent income or wealth. Individual level data include sociodemographic information, health state descriptions, health state valuation, risk factors, chronic conditions, mortality, health care utilization, health systems responsiveness and social capital. Registration is required. Each nation was surveyed once during this period. ICPSR has Waves 0 and 1 only. Countries covered: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain. Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Republic, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic. Lao PDR, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009