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Canadian Nature Survey

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The 2012 Canadian Nature Survey was developed through the active collaboration of all of Canada’s Federal, Provincial, and Territorial government departments that are responsible for managing natural resources, wildlife, land use, nature and biodiversity conservation. Through this survey, our goal is to learn about Canadians’ nature-related activities, which include recreation, leisure, education, and conservation, as well as hunting, trapping, and fishing for personal use.  These activities may take place in urban areas, rural areas, or remote and wilderness areas.

During the autumn of 2012, a random sample of Canadians from all Provinces and Territories will be contacted with an invitation to complete the survey by mail or online.  The survey is voluntary and respondents may choose not to answer one or more questions but still complete the rest of the survey.  All answers will be kept completely confidential.  Final results will only be reported in group form so that no one will be able to identify an individual respondent.

If you have received a letter inviting you to participate in the survey and would like to do so online, please follow this link: and enter the individual access code number provided at the top of your invitation letter.

Questions in the survey ask how much time people participate in nature-related activities, and whether they do so close to home or if they travel to enjoy nature.  It is important for resources managers to learn about how these activities contribute to the economy, so the survey will ask how much money individuals spend on equipment, travel, and services to participate in these activities. There are also questions about awareness of terms such as biodiversity, and about respondents’ interactions with wildlife.  In most cases, the questions ask respondents to report on these activities for the preceeding 12 month period.

Results from this survey will help to shape important decisions by governments at the local, regional, provincial and territorial, and national levels.

The 2012 Canadian Nature Survey updates and expands on information provided by Canadians in the 1996 Survey on the Importance of Nature to Canadians, and the 1981, 1987, and 1991 surveys on the Importance of Wildlife to Canadians.   The 2012 Canadian Nature Survey is part of the larger Value of Nature to Canadians Study launched in 2009 under the direction of Canada’s Federal, Provincial, and Territorial government departments and agencies that are responsible for managing Canada’s biodiversity.