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General Social Survey (GSS) – Victimization

The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well being of Canadians over time; and to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest.

This survey collects information on the nature and extent of criminal victimization in Canada.

  • Content from this cycle is related to content from previous cycles of the General Social Survey Cycles 3, 8, 13, 18 (Victimization).
  • For more information, consult the Integrated Metadata base (IMDB) number: 4504.

Major topics and subtopics


Secondary topics

Aboriginal Peoples
Activity limitations
Ethnic diversity and immigration
Families and households
Income and earnings
Place of work and commuting to work

Limited topics

Housing and shelter costs



Sample size

25,000 sample


Every 5 years

Lowest levels of geography

Provinces, territories (limited information in 2004 and 2009) and certain census metropolitan areas

Products and services

  • Basic standard products
  • Public use microdata file
  • Customized tabulations
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