National Cannabis Survey 1st quarter, 2019

Release date: May 2, 2019
National Cannabis Survey 1st quarter, 2019
Description: National Cannabis Survey 1st quarter, 2019

National Cannabis Survey 1st quarter, 2019

Statistics Canada conducted the National Cannabis Survey every three months throughout 2018, and continues to do so in 2019. These data are about Canadians, 15 and older, and re­flect their cannabis use and related behaviours in the past three months.

More Canadians reported using Cannabis in the past three months

2018 (Pre-legalization) - 14%

Cannabis Act enacted October 17, 2018

2019 (Post-legalization) - 18%

Percentage of Canadians 15 years and older who have consumed cannabis in the past three months.

Source: First quarters, 2018 and 2019.

Cannabis use increased among males and the middle-aged

Cannabis use by demographic and percenatage
Demographic Percentage
Male (2018) 16%
Male (2019) 22%
45 to 64 (2018) 9%
45 to 64 (2019) 14%

No change among females or other age groups.

Source: First quarters, 2018 and 2019.

More users obtaining from legal sources; fewer from illegal sources

Souce of cannabis and percentage
Source Percentage
Legal (2018) 23%
Legal (2019) 47%
Illegal (2018) 51%
Illegal (2019) 38%

Current cannabis users could select more than one category.

Family or Friends, Grow and Other not shown.

Source: First quarters, 2018 and 2019.

Frequency of cannabis use by Canadians in the past three months

Frequency of cannabis use by Canadians in the past three months by percentage
Frequency Percentage
Did not use 82%
Once or Twice 6%
Monthly 2%
Weekly 4%
Daily or almost daily 6%

Source: First quarter, 2019.

Did you know?

  • 12% of current cannabis users started in the past three months.
  • 26% of current users got their cannabis from multiple sources.
  • 11% of current cannabis users believe it is safe to drive within three hours of consuming.

Source: First quarter, 2019.

4% of Canadians (1.1 million) reported being a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had consumed cannabis within 2 hours of driving.

15% of cannabis users (675,000) with a valid license reported driving within 2 hours of using.

Source: Fourth quarter 2018 and first quarter 2019.

For more information please check out The Daily article.

Also visit: Cannabis in Canada.

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