Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

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What is the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS)?

University of Waterloo will be participating in the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) from February 7 – March 4, 2022, to help inform policies and practices that support student health and wellbeing. 

The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) covers a range of health and wellbeing topics, including mental health, food security, physical activity, substance use, sexual health behaviours and more. A random sample of 12,000 University of Waterloo students (both undergraduate and graduate) will be invited to participate in the 20-minute, confidential survey. Students that submit the CCWS will receive $5 deposited on their WatCard. 

The CCWS is the outcome of a collaborative partnership between post-secondary stakeholders, research experts, and the government. Collected data enable opportunities to examine priority health issues affecting the broader Canadian post-secondary population, explore differences between geographic regions, and provide a basis for making comparisons of prevalence and progress to national and provincial norms.

Survey details

The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) is a national survey that is coordinated
by the University of British Columbia. More information about the CCWS is at The questions in the survey are from well-established surveys often used in Canadian populations. However, there is a potential that some questions focused on mental health may spark uncomfortable feelings. There are two questions related to suicide risk within the last year. The survey will include information on local mental health support and resources provided at University of Waterloo.

Personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the sole purpose of this survey. If you have questions about the survey, please contact the CCWS at

Data transmission is encrypted and firewall securities are in place. After you submit the survey to the secure server, a message thanking you for taking the CCWS will be displayed in your browser window with a list of on- and off-campus supports.

Please note the CCWS is in place of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey previously administered.


Results from this survey will be available in spring 2022, and once gathered, we will provide information on our dissemination strategy.


Sandra Gibson, Manager of Health Education and Promotion

Health Services, University of Waterloo

519-888-4567 x46358


Download the CCWS 2022 Resources (.zip) for a poster, PPT slide, and social media graphics to promote the survey in your area.