Quebecers’ health: 25 indicators to track its progress

Montréal, December 20, 2016 – The Institut de la statistique du Québec today released a study concerning Quebecers’ health. Based on data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, 25 indicators describe Quebecers’ physical and mental health status, use of services and lifestyles.

Several improvements since 2007

Daily cigarette smoking is down among Quebecers age 12 and over. The proportion of smokers declined from 19% in 2007-2008 to 15% in 2013-2014. Exposure to second-hand smoke in the home is also down. Moreover, improvements are observed in physical activity: the proportion of active or moderately active Quebecers increased from 59% to 64% during the same period.

The proportion of Quebecers with health limitations is on the rise

The proportion of Quebecers age 12 and over with a chronic health problem diagnosed by a health professional remained stable between 2007-2008 and 2013-2014. On the other hand, the proportion of Quebecers with limitations due to long-term health problems increased (from 24% to 29%). It should also be noted that the proportion of overweight or obese persons increased during the period studied. For example, there was a 2% jump in obesity (from 15% to 17%).


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.


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