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B.C. SPEAK Survey

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The SPEAK Survey is now open.
Participate in the third SPEAK population health survey to help improve the health and well-being of your community.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the survey can be found below.


The survey is available online in English, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Language guides are also available in:

About the survey

The third Survey on Population Experiences, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK). By participating in the survey, you will provide valuable information about how to help improve the health of your community. This year, we are also asking about your experiences with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change.

We want to hear from you about
  • Social, economic and community well-being
  • Physical and mental health
The survey is open to all British Columbians 18 years of age and older.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes and can be done online on any tablet, computer, or mobile device.

Previous rounds of the SPEAK survey offered valuable insights about your experiences during the pandemic. Public health teams have used the results to inform and prioritize programs and health initiatives in your community.

Help build resiliency and well-being in our communities by participating in SPEAK.

Protecting your privacy

Safeguards are in place to ensure your privacy. Data collected in the COVID-19 survey follows strict privacy practices under the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The act governs how your information is collected, who sees it and how the information is used. Read the complete privacy statement.

Funding support

We are grateful to the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health for its financial support of this population health research and survey.


Send your questions about the survey to

Share the survey and help the people in your life participate

Share the survey with your family and friends! Please help us spread the word and invite other people to fill out the survey, so we can hear from as many people as possible.

If you know someone who may have difficulty accessing or using a computer, open the survey via the link above and, give them a call. You can go through all the questions and enter their answers into the online survey on their behalf. Every voice counts.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share the survey on social media.

Downloadable graphics

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Download print materials

  • Posters: English-language, 11 x17 posters
  • Promo cards: Double-sided, multi-lingual with QR code

BC COVID-19 SPEAK Rounds 1 and 2

Explore the results and data from Rounds 1 and 2 of B.C. COVID-19 SPEAK on the dashboard:
BC COVID-19 SPEAK Dashboard

Frequently asked questions

‎This question is VOLUNTARY and is not used to connect the survey results with your information and care. You can participate in the survey even if you do not provide your personal health number (PHN) or contact information.

At the end of the survey you will be asked if you'd like to enter your PHN, which will be used to help with meaningful population-level analysis and link your responses to administrative health databases that support public health in B.C.

There are very strict privacy practices in place to protect your identity and all results will be analyzed at population levels, never on an individual basis.

Yes. You have the option of saving the survey to complete later. Please enter your email address to receive a link to complete your survey.

We sent email invitations to people who participated in the first and/or second COVID-19 SPEAK Surveys who indicated they were interested in being contacted to participate in future surveys. Some people also pre-registered to indicate they would like to receive an email invitation to participate. 

If the mistake that you made was to your PHN, your email address, or your phone number, you do not need to change it. As long as your email address or your phone is correct, we will be able to contact you if you are invited to participate in the next phases. Information will be corrected if required during the next phases.

If your email address AND your phone number are incorrect, please retake the survey so we have a way to contact you in the future. After you input your answers again, send us an email at to let us know that you redid the survey. We can search for duplicates, delete the earlier entry, and keep the latest entry with the correct information.
The BC SPEAK survey questions have been drawn from validated sources where possible such as Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), national and international COVID-19 Population Health Surveys including specific tools from Statistics Canada and the World Health Organization, and the national Census. The survey was developed by public health teams at First Nations Health Authority, all regional health authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control, B.C.’s Ministry of Health, and in consultation with partners throughout the province.
No. The UBC Qualtrics survey tool saves all data to Canadian servers. Specifically, the survey.  Specifically, the survey information collected using this tool is stored in Toronto, Ontario and backed up in Montreal, Quebec.

We ask about socio-demographic questions (like education, income, and ethnicity) to ensure all segments of our population are properly represented based on available census data, and in recognition that many experiences of health and well-being are highly influenced by our backgrounds and circumstances. This information ensures public health planning is relevant and responsive to the needs of our diverse population.

After the survey closes, public health teams will begin analysing and validating the data. The findings provide valuable insights into the health and well-being of people and communities in British Columbia. The results will be made available on an interactive, dashboard available to the public. 

If you agreed to participate in further research, you will be contacted directly via email.

Providing your contact information does not automatically enrol you in research opportunities to help with recovery from the pandemic. You will be contacted and then you can choose if you would like to participate.   
Results from the first and second survey, BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future, are available on the B.C. COVID-19 SPEAK Survey Dashboard.

The dashboard is an interactive tool that provides insights into the experiences of British Columbians during the first wave of the pandemic. Results are available at a regional or community level on healthcare, social and economic impacts, behaviour changes, risk factors, resilience and more.
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