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The Canadian Health Measures Survey

The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is a national survey that is being led by Statistics Canada, in partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, which collects information from Canadians about their general health. Through personal interviews and the collection of physical measurements, the survey is providing baseline data on indicators of environmental exposures, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, fitness, and nutritional status, as well as risk factors and protective characteristics related to these areas. The physical measurements include such factors as height and weight, blood pressure, physical fitness and lung function measures, as well as many measures based on blood and urine samples including environmental chemicals.

The CHMS is an ongoing survey.

Cycle 1 (2007-2009)

The Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada, released in August 2010, presents the first-ever comprehensive set of biomonitoring data on the Canadian population's exposure to environmental chemicals, collected as part of cycle 1 of the CHMS.

For more information on cycle 1 of the CHMS, please refer to the following information:

Biomonitoring results for bisphenol A, lead, cadmium and mercury from cycle 1 have been summarized in several Statistics Canada publications. For additional information, please refer to the following:

Cycle 2 (2009-2011)

The Second Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada, released in April 2013, presents new and updated biomonitoring data on the Canadian population's exposure to environmental chemicals, collected as part of cycles 1 and 2 of the CHMS. About 55% of the environmental chemicals measured in cycle 2 were not included in cycle 1. Additionally, a 3-5 year old age group was introduced in cycle 2 expanding the total sample population to 3-79 years. Cycle 2 also included an indoor air sampling component for environmental chemicals.

For more information on cycle 2 of the CHMS, please refer to the following information:

Cycle 3 (2012-2013)

Collection for the third cycle of the CHMS began in January 2012 and includes sampling of indoor air and tap water for measurement of environmental chemicals. The collection for the third cycle will be completed in 2013.

Cycle 4 (2014-2015)

Planning for the fourth cycle of the CHMS is currently underway and data collection for this cycle is scheduled to take place between 2014 and 2015.

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