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    Québec Study on Experiences in Intimate and Romantic Relationships

    The objective of this study is to better understand the circumstances surrounding intimate and romantic relationships in Québec. This information will help to better organize health and social services in your region. The study includes all individuals who have been in an intimate or romantic relationship in their lifetime, whether they are currently in a relationship or not.

    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.

    How do I participate in the study?

    Statistique Québec will call you starting in December 2020 so that you can answer a questionnaire lasting approximately 30 minutes. You have nothing to prepare in advance. If you are not available when we call, let us know what time would be more convenient for you.

    Why was I chosen for the study?

    Your name was chosen at random, just like that of several thousand other Quebecers aged 18 or over, to participate in the Québec Study on Experiences in Intimate and Romantic Relationships.

    We obtained the personal information needed for the study, including your contact information, from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), under an agreement approved by the Commission d’accès à l’information in accordance with the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

    Do I have to take part in this study?

    Whether you are currently in a relationship or not, your participation in this study is voluntary, but important, because it will help us draw a portrait of life experiences between intimate partners. The information you provide will help improve the health and social services provided by government organizations in your region.

    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 answer the questionnaire for my spouse?

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

    How can I make sure you are from Statistique Québec?

    You can call Statistique Québec toll-free at 1-800-561-0213.

    When will the study results be made available?

    Various publications based on the results of this study will be made available on Statistique Québec’s website in 2023.

    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 collecte@stat.gouv.qc.ca or by phone at 1-800-561-0213 (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.