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The target population for Cycle 16 of the GSS was all persons 45 years of age and over residing in Canada, excluding:

  • residents of Nunavut, the Yukon and Northwest Territories; and
  • full-time residents of institutions.

In 2002, respondents were randomly selected from a list of individuals aged 45 years and over who had responded to another Statistics Canada survey. In the GSS, all respondents were contacted and interviewed by telephone. Households without telephones were therefore excluded; however, persons living in such households represent less than 2% of the target population. Survey estimates have been adjusted (i.e. weighted) to account for persons without telephones.

Data for Cycle 16 of the GSS were collected monthly from February to December 2002. The sample was evenly distributed over the 11 months to represent seasonal variation in the information.

From the 28,837 potential respondents in the GSS Cycle 16 sample, 24,870 usable responses were obtained. This produced a response rate of over 86%.

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