The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is a Statistics Canada survey that has collected direct physical measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure, and blood, urine and DNA samples in a mobile clinic since 2007. Each two-year cycle of the survey collects health information from a nationally representative sample population of about 5,700 Canadians between the ages of 3 and 79 years.

Non-confidential documentation related to the survey is available at university libraries through the Data Liberation Initiative program. Researchers interested in accessing CHMS data files at one of 26 universities across Canada can submit an application to the Research Data Centres (RDC) Program.

Blood, urine and DNA samples are available to researchers whose projects meet certain Biobank conditions. There is a call for proposals open from May 1 to June 30, 2016. For more information related to the biobank, please contact the biobank coordinator at

For more information, click here. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Angela Walter at 613-799-5292.

More information:

Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS): Content summary for cycles 1 to 8


A Researcher’s Guide to the Canadian Health Measures Survey

ICPSR invites you to attend an upcoming webinar on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study.

Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study: Understanding the Data

About the Study: The PATH Study is a collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of 46,000 adults and youth (12-17 years old) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform FDA’s regulatory activities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in 2009. The first wave of data was collected from September 2013 to December 2014.
The goals of the webinar are to:
1. Describe the background of the study
2. Describe how to find and access the data through ICPSR
3. Discuss future data collections.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please forward this email to others interested in this research area.

Date: May 10, 2016

Time:  10:00am PST

Register now!

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) Awards Committee invites nominations for the ACMLA Honours Award. According to the guidelines for the award, the nominee should be a person who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of map librarianship. The contribution may either be for a specific activity or for general services and contributions such as continued membership in the Association with active participation either as an executive officer, committee chairperson, or committee member. Normally, membership in ACMLA is a prerequisite, however, that does not preclude considering outstanding non-members.

The Student Paper Award will consist of a prize of $250 and free membership in the Association for one year. The award includes an invitation to present the winning paper at the Annual Conference. The Association will waive registration fees and provide a travel stipend up to $250.00 with receipts. The award will normally be given on an annual basis to a student from Canada or studying in Canada currently enrolled in a post- secondary institution (college or university). The essay shall be original and published and of no more than 3000 words. Primary consideration for the award will be given to the essay’s originality and its contribution to new knowledge and insight. Other considerations include the author’s demonstration of the relevance of the subject, the quality of the presentation and documentation, and the literary merits of the essay.

Learn more about the submission guidelines here.

Nominations can be submitted to Rosa Orlandini at

Deadline:  April 27, 2016.


The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) will be hosting two webinars in March:

March 8th, 2016 – Exiting Poverty: Does gender matter? [English]

Lori Curtis and Kathleen Rybczynski will examine the determinants of poverty duration among women and men in Canada (in English).

Learn more here, and register for free here

March 16th, 2016 – Inégalités de revenu au Canada : les 1 % sous la loupe, 1981-2011 [French]

Thomas Lemieux will look at Canada’s top 1% earners and how the characteristics of this group have evolved over time.

Learn more here, and register for free here.

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