Child and Youth Well-being Survey

Thank you for your interest in taking the Child and Youth Well-being Survey! By accepting our invitation to complete the survey, you will be helping us learn what your life is like so we can work together to make things better for all children and youth in the region of Eastern Ontario.


The Survey closes on May 31st, 2021, so make sure you have your say before then! 


The Survey takes about 25 minutes to complete.


At the end of the survey there is also a chance to win one of five (5) $50 gifts cards or one (1) $100 gift card.


Before starting the survey please follow these 2 steps:

Step 1: Read the details in the “Everything you need to know” section below



What is the survey and where do you fit in?

Too often, decisions about children and youth are made without their involvement.  But no one understands your experiences better than you! So, we are inviting children and youth who are 9 to 18 years old to fill out the survey and tell us how you are really doing. That way, with your help, we can make better decisions and provide better services and programs.

The Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative (OCYI) is partnering with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo, UNICEF Canada, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this project.


What are you committing to?

You will be asked questions about the activities you participate in during your free time, how you feel about school and your teachers, and questions like, “How would you describe your sense of belonging to the community?” and “How satisfied are you with your life in general?” You will also be asked for some basic demographic information, like your age, where you live in the Eastern Ontario Region, and if you were born in Canada.


It is your choice whether to complete the survey – it is completely voluntary. You don’t have to agree to participate in the survey. You can also change your mind and stop participating simply by not submitting the survey. Your answers will be anonymous (we will not know who answered what) and once you complete the survey and submit it, we won’t be able to remove your answers because we won’t know which responses you submitted.


The survey should only take you about 25 minutes to complete.


What will we do with the survey results?

Everyone’s responses to the survey will be combined to create a summary report, which will give us a “big picture” of the experiences of youth in the Eastern Ontario Region. This report will be made available to you, and the OCYI partners,  through the OCYI website. We hope our community can use the information in the report to make our communities better places for children and youth.


We expect to share the summary results with everyone this coming fall.


Are there any risks?

The risks of participating are minimal. Although not intended to do so, some of the questions asked might make you feel uncomfortable or bring emotions out. For example, you will be asked if you have been bullied in the past couple of months and if you have engaged in any substance use recently (e.g., smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol). You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, need to take a break, or decide you don’t want to do this anymore, that is okay. If any question does make you feel uncomfortable and you want to talk to someone about it, you can reach out to:

If those options are not what you’re looking for Click here to find the Know What To Do Guide for more resources

  • If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, call 9-1-1.

What about your privacy?

All of the answers you provide in the survey are entirely anonymous because your name or address will never be linked to the survey at any point. The data collected by the CIW will be securely stored at the University of Waterloo for a minimum of 10 years on a password protected computer and in a locked office. After that, all data are destroyed according to the University of Waterloo policy.


You will be participating in the study via an online survey operated by Qualtrics. When information is transmitted over the internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo researchers will not collect or use internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information that could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.


Consent and Information Release

This project has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE #43198). If you have any questions for the Committee, please contact the University of Waterloo’s Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics, at (519) 888-4567, ext. 36005, or by e-mail at


Before beginning the survey, please acknowledge that you have read the information in the “Everything You Need to Know” section, as well as the Consent and Information Release form (Step 2 below on this page) and understand and accept the proposed uses of the survey information you will be providing.


Need to connect with someone about the survey?

  • Have questions about the survey or the project? Reach out to
  • Note: Your experience completing the online survey will be much better if you use a computer or tablet rather than a smartphone.

Step 2: Please fill out the consent form and start the survey.

  • Consent is available in English and French.
  • Once you submit your consent, you’ll get the link to start the survey. 


 If you’re age 9-13 (you need a parent or guardian to consent with you.)

If you’re age 14-18 (you can consent for yourself)

Thank you again for taking part in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Survey!