Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

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What is the Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS)?

The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) is a new health survey developed by researchers at UBC. The CCWS aims to help post-secondary institutions better assess student health and well-being, identify priorities for intervention, and increase the capacity to link research with policy and practice. The health survey is similar to the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, which was implemented at the University of Waterloo in 2013, 2016 and 2019.


The CCWS is an assessment tool to collect data to inform policies and practices that support student health and wellbeing. This data can be used to prioritize campus needs, develop programming, allocate resources, design strategies for intervention, and identify factors associated with academic performance. 

Survey Content

The ten core areas assess mental and physical health factors that impact the well-being, academic performance, and campus life. These topics include:

  1. student experience

  2. academic achievement

  3. mental health assets

  4. mental health deficits

  5. health service utilization/help-seeking

  6. physical health/health behaviours
  7. sexual health behaviours
  8. substance use
  9. food security
  10. demographics

UW Sample and Response Rate

  • The CCWS was administered at Waterloo from February 7 to March 4, 2022.
  • A random sample of 12,000 University of Waterloo undergraduate and graduate students were invited to participate in the confidential web survey.
  • The overall response rate was 37%, or 4,482 students. The finished response rate was 32%, or 3,807 completed surveys. Students who completed the survey received $5 on their WatCard.


2022 - University of Waterloo Executive Summary Winter 2022

Data Requests

If you would like to request data from the 2022 CCWS survey, please complete a Data Request Form and email it to Sean Ruby (

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CCWS at the  University of Waterloo, please contact Sandra Gibson, Manager, Health Education & Promotion, at

The CCWS received clearance through the University of Waterloo’s Survey Advisory Group. If you have any comments or concerns about this survey, you may contact the Manager, Evaluation and Accountability at 519-888-4567 ext. 48611.