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The Institut de la statistique du Québec (the Institut), also called Statistique Québec, aims to be the main source of objective, quality statistical information about Québec.
Through its studies and surveys, the Institut allows Québec departments and agencies to obtain reliable data enabling them to make informed decisions about policies, programs and issues in Québec society.
To carry out its mission, the Institut needs you! If your family, your business or yourself are asked to take part in one of our surveys, it is very important that you do so. The more respondents there are, the better the quality and reliability of the data produced!
In return, the Institut commits to:
The Institut confirms its commitments to participants in its Politique d’information au participant d’une enquête (PDF) (in French only).
To learn more about the surveys currently being conducted by the Institut, visit the Surveys in collection section.
The Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec obliges the Institut to protect the information you provide.
Every employee signs a confidentiality agreement upon employment.
To learn more about this, visit the Confidentiality and the protection of personal information section.
When our representatives contact you, they must:
In the case of a telephone interview, they must also:
Participants are selected on an as-needed basis:
Participation can be voluntary or mandatory. The Act respecting the Institut de la statistique du Québec allows the Director General to make participation in a survey mandatory if the reliability of the statistics produced depends on it.
Participation in surveys of individuals is usually voluntary. Although participants are not legally obliged to participate, the collaboration of as many individuals as possible is necessary to obtain the most accurate and representative portrait of the population studied.
Participation in the majority of business surveys is mandatory. In these cases, participants are required to provide their information within the requested timeframe. However, they always have access to qualified staff to assist them.
If the Institut contacts you, you will be informed whether your participation is voluntary or mandatory.
The Institut may conclude agreements with government agencies to allow data sharing. If so, you will be informed at the time your data is collected and have the right to refuse to have your information shared with another agency.
However, contact information (names, addresses and telephone numbers) is never shared. Only the answers to questionnaires are shared.
Telephone interviews are monitored or recorded to ensure the quality of the information collected and for training purposes. This is a common practice in government statistical agencies.
No information heard during interviews will be disclosed.
Canada’s National Do Not Call List (DNCL), in effect since September 30, 2008, allows individuals to register to have their names removed from telemarketing telephone solicitation lists.
However, as the Institut does not engage in telemarketing, this list does not apply to the Institut. Without the cooperation of individuals and organizations, the production of reliable statistics on various aspects of Québec society would be impossible.