The Canadian Work, Stress, and Health Study (CANWSH)

study description:

The Canadian Work, Stress, and Health Study (CANWSH) is a nationally representative study of the Canadian Workforce. The first interviews were conducted by telephone between January and July 2011. The full sample included 6,004 study participants. The second wave of interviews were conducted approximately two years later. Subsequent follow-ups will occur in 2015 (Wave 3), 2017 (Wave 4), and 2019 (Wave 5).

To be eligible to participate in the study, individuals had to be:

  1. (1) residing in Canada;

  2. (2) 18 years of age or older;

  3. (3) currently working at a paid job or operated an income-producing business;

  4. (4) employed in the civilian labour force;

  5. (5) living in a non-institutional residence.

In households with more than one eligible person, we used the “next birthday” method to randomly select a study participant. Calls were made to a regionally stratified unclustered random probability sample generated by random-digit-dial methods. Interviews were conducted in English or French and averaged approximately 30 – 40 minutes. Study participants received a $20 gift card for completing the interview. The company R.A. Malatest and Associates was hired to collect the data.


I. Work-to-Family Conflict

In the last three months...

1. “How often did you not have enough time for the important people in your life because of your job?”

Never = 24%, Rarely = 30%, Sometimes = 26%, Often = 13%, Very Often = 7%

  1. 2.“How often did you not have the energy to do things with the important people in your life because of your job?”

Never = 22%, Rarely = 27%, Sometimes = 28%, Often = 15%, Very Often = 8%

  1. 3.“How often did your work keep you from doing as good a job at home as you could?”

Never = 23%, Rarely = 25%, Sometimes = 29%, Often = 15%, Very Often = 7%

4. “How often did your job keep you from concentrating on important things in your family or personal life?”

Never = 26%, Rarely = 30%, Sometimes = 27%, Often = 11%, Very Often = 5%