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    Québec Cannabis Study (QCS)

    2023 Collection

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    The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of the perceptions and experience of the Quebecers over 15 years old regarding cannabis. The study covers both non-users and users of cannabis.

    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 high-quality statistics on various aspects of Québec society.

    How do I participate in the study?

    To participate in the study, you simply have to:

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

    Statistique Québec will contact the persons who have not yet summited their online questionnaire to obtain their answers by phone. If you are not available when we call, you can let us know what time would be more convenient for you.

    I tried accessing the questionnaire but keep getting an error message. What should I do?

    Make sure you entered your identifier and password correctly, without any spaces before or after.

    You can contact Statistique Québec by phone at 1 866-390-5367 or by e-mail at eqc@stat.gouv.qc.ca.

    In your message, please mention the name of the study printed on your invitation letter, as well as your name and 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.

    Why you?

    Your name was selected at random for the Québec Cannabis Study 2023 (QCS2023), just like that of more than 25,000 Québecers. This study covers all persons aged 15 and over and is aimed at both non-users and users of cannabis.

    The personal information required for the study, including your contact information, was obtained in accordance with the Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec, which guarantees that it will be kept confidential.

    Do I have to take part in this study?

    Your participation is voluntary, but important, since it will allow us to obtain an accurate statistical portrait of cannabis use in Québec. The MSSS will therefore be able to better meet the needs of the population in terms of health protection and prevention.

    Are the phone calls recorded?

    For quality and training purposes, telephone calls with Statistique Québec agents are recorded. However, if you don't want the call to be recorded, simply notify the agent at the beginning of the call.

    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.

    Will you share my answers with other individuals or organizations?

    Statistique Québec has signed an agreement with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), to whom the information collected will be sent, with the exception of your name, address, and telephone number.

    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.

    Can I fill out the questionnaire for my child or spouse?

    The questionnaire is personal and can only be filled out by the person who was selected for the study.

    For those aged 15 to 17: Why did my parents receive a letter about my participation in this study?

    In accordance with the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec has informed the Institut de la statistique du Québec that an information letter must be sent to the parents or guardians of any minor participating in our study. However, if you have just reached the age of majority, your parents may also have received a letter. This sometimes happens because ages are calculated based on participants’ year and month of birth only.

    How can I make sure you are from Statistique Québec?

    You can call Statistique Québec toll-free at 1 866-390-5367.

    When will the survey results be made available?

    Various publications based on the results of this study are published on Statistique Québec’s website. The first results of the 2022 study will be released in October 2023, and the full report, in April 2024. Publications about the previous editions of the study, which took place in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, are already available on Statistique Québec’s website.

    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 eqc@stat.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1 866-390-5367 (toll-free). You can reach us Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.