General Social Survey - Time Use

The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well-being of Canadians over time; and to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest.
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  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202207630443
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2022-03-17

  • Articles and reports: 85-002-X202200100003
    Description:

    This Juristat article relies on multiple data sources to examine perceptions of police, confidence in institutions, and experiences of serious legal problems or disputes. Analysis focuses on the experiences of the Black population, First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit in Canada, including information for distinct groups where possible.

    Release date: 2022-02-16

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2020057
    Description:

    Staying apart from their parents and grandparents has been one of the hardest adjustments that Canadians have had to deal with since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the older population being at greater risk of infection and death from this disease. For months, most of them followed the quarantine rules, by staying home and adapting their behaviours to the infectious nature of the COVID-19. While before the outbreak visiting with one's parents was a relatively simple decision, it has since become a more delicate one. Studies have attempted to assess the risk of the virus transmission based on the frequency of intergenerational in-person contacts before the physical distancing recommendations were implemented.

    This infographic provides a snapshot of the frequency and the duration of visits between adult children and their parent(s) in Canada. The results refer to Canadians who were aged 25 to 64, who were not living with their parents, and who had at least one biological or adoptive parent alive at the time of the surveys.

    Release date: 2020-12-24

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202000100005
    Description:

    As the fifth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. This 2020 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the fifth Sustainable Development Goal in support of Gender Equality, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2020-10-20

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201924221205
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-08-30

  • Table: 45-10-0014-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 113-0004)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Daily average time in hours and proportion of day spent on various activities by age group and sex, 15 years and over, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Table: 45-10-0014-02
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Average time spent on unpaid activities, including domestic and care work, by sex and age groups for Canada, Geographical region of Canada, province or territory.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Table: 45-10-0014-03
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Daily average time spent in hours on transport to and from activities by mode of transport (including private vehicle, active transport and public transport), for Canada, geographical region of Canada, province or territory.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Stats in brief: 89-28-0001201800100011
    Description:

    Everyone in Canada is, or has been, part of a family. The purpose of this Just the Facts edition is to celebrate families in Canada on Family Day 2019 (a statutory holiday in some provinces) by acknowledging their diversity and how they have changed over time. Data from the Census of Population and the General Social Survey together provide a snapshot of families today in the historical album of family life in Canada.

    Release date: 2019-02-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2018029
    Description:

    Adequate sleep is considered important for health and well-being. This infographic uses data from the 2015 Time Use Survey to look at how much sleep Canadians are getting and factors associated with less than 6 hours of sleep per night. These include stress levels during an average day, ratings of mental health and reasons why some choose to cut back on their sleep.

    Release date: 2018-10-10
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  • Table: 45-10-0014-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 113-0004)
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Daily average time in hours and proportion of day spent on various activities by age group and sex, 15 years and over, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Table: 45-10-0014-02
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Average time spent on unpaid activities, including domestic and care work, by sex and age groups for Canada, Geographical region of Canada, province or territory.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Table: 45-10-0014-03
    Geography: Canada, Geographical region of Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Daily average time spent in hours on transport to and from activities by mode of transport (including private vehicle, active transport and public transport), for Canada, geographical region of Canada, province or territory.

    Release date: 2019-04-03

  • Public use microdata: 89M0034X
    Description:

    This package was designed to help users access and manipulate the public use microdata file (PUMF) for the 2015 General Social Survey (GSS) on Time Use. It contains the PUMF data and describes the objectives, methodology and estimation procedures for this survey as well as guidelines for releasing estimates.

    The 2015 GSS was the sixth cycle to collect information on Time Use. The previous iterations of the survey were in 1986, 1992, 1998, 2005 and 2010. The 2015 GSS collected data from persons aged 15 years and over living in private households in Canada, excluding residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and full time residents of institutions.

    Release date: 2017-10-02

  • Public use microdata: 12M0024X
    Description:

    This package was designed to enable users to access and manipulate the microdata file for Cycle 24 (2010) of the General Social Survey (GSS). It contains information on the objectives, methodology and estimation procedures, as well as guidelines for releasing estimates based on the survey.

    Cycle 24 collected data from persons 15 years and over living in private households in Canada, excluding residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; and full-time residents of institutions.

    The purpose of this survey is to better understand how Canadians spent their time. Time use estimates can be produced based on information reported in the time use diary portion of the survey. This diary provides a detailed record of participation in a wide variety of daily activities, as well as the time devoted to them, where these activities took place, and the social relationships of the respondent. Also, for the first time, the 2010 GSS collected information on simultaneous activities, i.e. those that are performed at the same time as a primary activity. The questionnaire collected additional information on perceptions of time, time spent doing unpaid work, well-being, paid work and education, cultural and sports activities, transportation, and numerous socio economic characteristics.

    Cycle 24 is the fifth cycle of the GSS dedicated to collecting data on time use. Previous cycles had been conducted in 1986, 1992, 1998 and 2005. Cycle 24 includes most of the content from previous cycles as well as new content, added to reflect the society's emerging issues.

    Release date: 2011-12-15

  • Public use microdata: 12M0019X
    Geography: Province or territory
    Description:

    The core content of time use repeats that of cycle 12 (1998), cycle 7 (1992) and cycle 2 (1986), and provides data on the daily activities of Canadians. Question modules were also included on unpaid work activities, cultural activities, social networks and participation in sports. The target population of the General Social Survey consisted of all individuals aged 15 and over living in a private household in one of the ten provinces.

    Release date: 2006-11-20

  • Table: 12F0080X
    Description:

    This publication presents a series of tabulations produced from the General Social Survey on time use of Canadians. It includes information on average amounts of time spent on various activities by sex, by age, by selected role groups.

    Release date: 2006-07-12

  • Table: 45-10-0003-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 113-0003)
    Geography: Canada
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description: General social survey (GSS), average time spent with various social contacts for the population aged 15 years and over, by population cohorts.
    Release date: 2002-12-31

  • Table: 45-10-0001-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 113-0001)
    Geography: Canada
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description: General social survey (GSS), average time spent on various activities for the population aged 15 years and over, by sex and main activity.
    Release date: 2002-12-23

  • Table: 45-10-0002-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 113-0002)
    Geography: Canada
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description: General social survey (GSS), average time spent at various locations for the population aged 15 years and over, by population cohorts.
    Release date: 2002-12-23
Analysis (55)

Analysis (55) (0 to 10 of 55 results)

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202207630443
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2022-03-17

  • Articles and reports: 85-002-X202200100003
    Description:

    This Juristat article relies on multiple data sources to examine perceptions of police, confidence in institutions, and experiences of serious legal problems or disputes. Analysis focuses on the experiences of the Black population, First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit in Canada, including information for distinct groups where possible.

    Release date: 2022-02-16

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2020057
    Description:

    Staying apart from their parents and grandparents has been one of the hardest adjustments that Canadians have had to deal with since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the older population being at greater risk of infection and death from this disease. For months, most of them followed the quarantine rules, by staying home and adapting their behaviours to the infectious nature of the COVID-19. While before the outbreak visiting with one's parents was a relatively simple decision, it has since become a more delicate one. Studies have attempted to assess the risk of the virus transmission based on the frequency of intergenerational in-person contacts before the physical distancing recommendations were implemented.

    This infographic provides a snapshot of the frequency and the duration of visits between adult children and their parent(s) in Canada. The results refer to Canadians who were aged 25 to 64, who were not living with their parents, and who had at least one biological or adoptive parent alive at the time of the surveys.

    Release date: 2020-12-24

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202000100005
    Description:

    As the fifth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. This 2020 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the fifth Sustainable Development Goal in support of Gender Equality, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2020-10-20

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201924221205
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2019-08-30

  • Stats in brief: 89-28-0001201800100011
    Description:

    Everyone in Canada is, or has been, part of a family. The purpose of this Just the Facts edition is to celebrate families in Canada on Family Day 2019 (a statutory holiday in some provinces) by acknowledging their diversity and how they have changed over time. Data from the Census of Population and the General Social Survey together provide a snapshot of families today in the historical album of family life in Canada.

    Release date: 2019-02-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2018029
    Description:

    Adequate sleep is considered important for health and well-being. This infographic uses data from the 2015 Time Use Survey to look at how much sleep Canadians are getting and factors associated with less than 6 hours of sleep per night. These include stress levels during an average day, ratings of mental health and reasons why some choose to cut back on their sleep.

    Release date: 2018-10-10

  • Articles and reports: 89-503-X201500154931
    Description:

    Using Statistics Canada data from multiple cycles of the General Social Survey, this chapter of Women in Canada examines gender differences in the allocation of time to both primary activities and simultaneous activities (i.e., those done concurrently with other activities), focusing on unpaid work and leisure. It also estimates the total work burden of women and men. In addition to gender, age, family type, and immigrant status may affect time use. For this reason, gender differences in time use among these sub-populations are explored.

    Release date: 2018-07-30

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201821118146
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2018-07-30

  • 10. Time to eat Archived
    Stats in brief: 11-627-M2018003
    Description:

    This infographic presents results from the 2015 General social Survey on time use, specifically the activity of eating from a time use perspective. The data were collected in a 24 hour diary from respondents 15 years or older. The diary covered the total activities of a day.

    Release date: 2018-03-23
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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 89-658-X
    Description:

    This short technical note provides additional information on mitigating the risk of non-response bias and how data are fit for use.

    Release date: 2017-06-01

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 89-622-X2006003
    Description:

    The General Social Survey (GSS) is an annual survey that monitors changes and emerging trends in Canadian Society. For the fourth time in Canada, the GSS has collected national level time use data. The GSS is funded through a government initiative aimed to fill data gaps for policy research. In this paper we present the policy framework that supports the survey, and discuss the impact of that framework on the content decisions that GSS has made. Following a brief review of the major findings from the first three cycles of time use data we discuss the lessons learned and best practices in the development, collection and processing of these data in Canada. Finally, we compare the methods and content of the Canadian time use survey with the US survey.

    Release date: 2006-11-20

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 89-622-X
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This series presents detailed analyses based on the 2005 General Social Survey on Time Use data. Each report covers a specific subject developed from detailed information on the daily activities of Canadians. Links to other products related to time use are also available.

    Release date: 2006-11-20

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 12-584-G
    Description:

    This book introduces technical aspects of the Statistics Canada Total Work Accounts System (TWAS). The TWAS is designed to facilitate the analysis of issues that require simultaneous consideration of both paid work and unpaid productive work. Its key contribution is to allocate the deemed output of each episode of unpaid work activity to a specific beneficiary or group of beneficiaries (called "destinations"). The guide presents the criteria used to decide the allocation of each work episode to one of the destinations, as well as the pseudo code for DESTIN, the key variable of the System. This pseudo code allows programmers to quickly create the actual programming code needed to derive the DESTIN variable in their own microdata files of diary-based time-use records. The guide also discusses illustrative applications of the System, as well as its key limitations.

    Release date: 2002-02-12
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