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About the BC AHS


About the BC AHS

The BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) is a questionnaire used to gather information about young people’s physical and emotional health, and about factors that can influence health during adolescence or in later life.

The BC AHS is conducted by the McCreary Centre Society in collaboration with the provincial government and public health system, and with the cooperation of BC’s school districts.

Since 1992, over 130,000 students in Grades 7–12 have completed the survey. In 2013, 56 of the 59 BC school districts participated in the BC AHS.

The BC AHS is the most comprehensive source for reliable, accurate and BC-based information about youth health. Survey results are used extensively by schools, communities, government agencies, health professionals and by youth themselves in planning and evaluating programs and services. Because the survey has been in use since 1992, it gives policy makers and program planners the ability to track trends over more than two decades.

The 2018 BC AHS will provide up to date, accurate information about what BC youth know, think and do about their own health. Survey questions cover factors that promote healthy development and behaviours that may compromise health. Question topics include physical and mental health, school, family, substance use, injuries, extracurricular activities, violence and discrimination, and technology use.

Download a copy of the provincial results from the 2013 BC AHS From Hastings Street To Haida Gwaii.

A Powerpoint presentation of the results is also available here.

Leading BC figures provide commentary on findings from the 2013 BC AHS in this film created by students at the Digital Media Academy at Argyle Secondary School.

2018 BC AHS

In 2018, the McCreary Centre Society will conduct the sixth BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS). The BC AHS is a province-wide questionnaire used to gather current information about a broad range of factors affecting youth health in BC.

McCreary would like to thank all the health and school district personnel, parents, and students across BC who highlighted emerging health issues to be included in the survey and provided feedback on drafts of the 2018 BC AHS.

Pilot sessions are now being scheduled to ensure the survey is understandable and able to be completed within one class period.

If you would like to schedule a pilot session for students in Grades 7-12, please contact us at

Supporting links and documents

This by youth, for youth film was shared in classrooms during the administration of the 2013 BC AHS:


“The Adolescent Health Survey is probably the most valuable data we have in the school district for health planning and we regularly use it with our community partners as we look at areas of strength and places we need to give additional attention.”

Chris Kennedy Superintendent of Schools/CEO, West Vancouver Schools.