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Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS)

Rapid Risk Factory Surveillance System (RRFSS)

The Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) is a monthly telephone survey to gather information regarding awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours about key or emerging public health topics. Topics include smoking, cannabis, climate change, food insecurity, immunization, and many others. This survey occurs in participating public health unit areas across Ontario. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has been participating in RRFSS since 2001.

Data from the 2022 Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) was provided by the Institute for Social Research (ISR), York University. The survey was completed on behalf of a consortium of Health Units in Ontario. Funding was provided by the participating Health Units. Neither the Health Units nor the Institute for Social Research are responsible for the analyses and interpretations presented here.


Institute for Social Research (ISR) at York University on behalf of participating public health units.

Data Notes:

  • All information reported from this survey is for the complete survey year (January to December), unless otherwise specified.
  • Every month, a random sample of between 60 and 100 adults aged 18 years and older are interviewed.
  • Starting in 2017, survey methods were updated to include both landline and cell phone numbers.
  • Post-stratification weights are used in the analysis to account for differences between the population reached by the telephone survey and the make-up of the general population, for example by age and sex.

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