Monday, December 31, 2018

Ontario DLI Training Questions and Answers

I attended the Ontario DLI training session at Ryerson University earlier this month and there were some questions that I would like to now respond to. Here are the questions I received and the answers (or starting point for answers). I’m open to receiving feedback from any of the university DLI representatives who attended the training, or anyone else who would like to know more about the changes to the latest PUMF.

1: Why is Aboriginal identity grouped with visible minority on the PUMF? Other surveys don’t do this.

  • I looked into this and it stems from a decision on older cycles of CCHS where the indicator of Aboriginal identity was part of the racial/cultural background question. At the time, the subject matter team determined that there was too few respondents identifying as Aboriginal identity by health region to safely release that response category. In 2015-2016, with a separate Aboriginal identity question, the counts are much higher and in verifying with methodology that the identification risk is low, we have decided to include this variable on the file.

2. Is it possible to find out what optional content is available on each PUMF?

  • Yes, we can provide some kind of an excel file with the optional content by year. We already have something available for the master files now, it will just take us some time to put this together. Once available, I will distribute it to the DLI.

3. Can we get more details about the Canadian Active Living Environment (CANALE) indicator?

  • The PUMF file will include a copy of the CANALE technical user guide, which you can find here: There is also an overview available here:

4. The rapid responses, buy-ins, sub-samples – they don’t appear in the PUMFs. Can the user guide documentation indicate this?

  • Yes, we have updated the complement to the user guide document that PUMF users will see to better clarify what variables from the master file end up on the PUMF.