The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS)

The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is a Statistics Canada survey that has collected direct physical measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure, and blood, urine and DNA samples in a mobile clinic since 2007. Each two-year cycle of the survey collects health information from a nationally representative sample population of about 5,700 Canadians between the ages of 3 and 79 years.

Non-confidential documentation related to the survey is available at university libraries through the Data Liberation Initiative program. Researchers interested in accessing CHMS data files at one of 26 universities across Canada can submit an application to the Research Data Centres (RDC) Program.

Blood, urine and DNA samples are available to researchers whose projects meet certain Biobank conditions. There is a call for proposals open from May 1 to June 30, 2016. For more information related to the biobank, please contact the biobank coordinator at

For more information, click here. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Angela Walter at 613-799-5292.

More information:

Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS): Content summary for cycles 1 to 8


A Researcher’s Guide to the Canadian Health Measures Survey

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