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    Growing Up in Québec study (children born in 2018)

    The main objective of the study is to better understand the factors that influence children’s well-being and development. The study will serve to produce enlightening statistics on the needs of Québec children and families in order to adapt social policies and programs to their reality.

    Frequently asked questions

    What is the Institut de la statistique du Québec?

    The Institut de la statistique du Québec, also known as Statistique Québec, is a government agency whose mission is to produce, analyze and disseminate official, objective and quality statistics on various aspects of Québec society.

    What is a longitudinal study?

    A longitudinal study follows the same people over time. The information collected allows us to better understand changes in living situations, the development (or non-development) of certain behaviours, and the various transitions experienced.

    How do I participate in the study?

    You will receive an invitation from Statistique Québec to participate again in the Growing Up in Québec study. Exceptionally this year, each parent will only have to complete a 30-minute online questionnaire about their experiences at different times in their lives.

    If you complete your questionnaire before December 6, 2022, you will have a chance to win one of ten $100 cheques!

    To complete the online questionnaire:

    If necessary, you can exit the questionnaire and return to finish it at a more convenient time.

    What’s new for next year

    Most children will be starting school next year. An interviewer will visit you before this big milestone, between February and May 2023

    I tried accessing the questionnaire, but got an error message. What should I do?

    Make sure you entered your identifier correctly.

    If you are still getting an error message, please contact Statistique Québec by telephone at 1-866-433-7828 or by e-mail at growingupinquebec@stat.gouv.qc.ca.

    In your message, please mention the name of the study (Growing Up in Québec), your name, your family number, and your contact information.

    We will respond to your request within 24 hours during our office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    I have moved, what should I do?

    If you have moved since the last data collection round, we invite you to update your contact information using the form available on the study website.

    If you prefer, you can call Statistique Québec at 1-866-433-7828 or e-mail us at growingupinquebec@stat.gouv.qc.ca to update your contact information.

    Please mention the name of the study (Growing Up in Québec), your name, your family number, and your contact information.

    Why was my child chosen?

    In the first round of the study, your child, who was about 5 months old at the time, was randomly selected, as were several hundred other children his or her age.

    How will the study continue if my partner and I separate?

    Parents separating is something that we sometimes need to take into account during the study. If it happens, we stay in touch with both parents throughout the study. Each parent’s experiences are unique, valuable and irreplaceable. That’s why each of them will receive a questionnaire to complete this year. When parents are separated, we ask the contact parent to provide us with the other parent’s contact information so that we can send them their questionnaire.

    Do I have to take part in this study?

    Your participation in the study is voluntary, but important, because it will help us to learn more about your child’s living situation and to better understand the development of Québec children.

    What is Statistique Québec’s privacy policy?

    The Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec guarantees that the information you provide will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. All Statistique Québec employees have taken an oath before a commissioner and are bound to maintain the secrecy and confidentiality of the data they collect.

    Are phone calls recorded?

    For quality and training purposes, phone calls with Statistique Québec agents are recorded. If you do not want your conversation to be recorded, simply notify the agent at the beginning of the call.

    Will you share my answers with other individuals or organizations?

    Statistique Québec will transmit the data you provide to the partners and researchers collaborating on the Growing Up in Québec study, with the exception of information that can personally identify you or members of your family (e.g., names, addresses and telephone numbers). Before the data (without identifying information) are made available to them, these partners and researchers will have to sign a confidentiality agreement that meets Statistique Québec’s standards. All of your information will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes.

    Who are our financial partners?

    Our partners are: the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, the Ministère de la Famille, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Ministère de l’Éducation, the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, the Conseil de gestion de l’assurance parentale, and the Institut de la statistique du Québec (Statistique Québec).

    Who are our collaborating researchers?

    Our collaborating researchers are experts from universities and research centres, as well as professionals from ministries and non-profit organizations who are trying to better understand the development of children in Québec. A list can be provided to you upon request.

    Does Statistique Québec have an ethical framework?

    Yes. The study was reviewed by the ethics committee appointed by Statistique Québec. The ethics committee is responsible for safeguarding the respect, dignity and integrity of those participating or included in the study.

    How can I make sure you are from Statistique Québec?"

    You can call Statistique Québec toll-free 1 866 433-7828.

    How long will this study last?

    Statistique Québec and its partners would like to continue the study until the children reach adulthood in order to achieve its main objective.

    How can I get more information about the study?

    For more information about the study, please contact the Direction de la gestion de la collecte by e-mail at growingupinquebec@stat.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1-866-433-7828 (toll-free). You can reach us Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Additional information is also available on the website of the study: statistique.quebec.ca/growingupinquebec.