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About the 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. Over 130,000 students have participated in the survey since 1992, including over 29,000 in 2013.

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.

The AHS is the single best 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 young people themselves in planning youth programs and services. Because the survey has been in use since 1992, it gives policy makers, governments and agencies the ability to track trends over more than a decade.

Fast Facts on the Survey

  • Pencil & paper questionnaire
  • Confidential, anonymous and voluntary
  • Takes 30-45 minutes to complete
  • Conducted by trained public health nurses
  • No cost to School Districts, schools or students
  • Parents or guardians can refuse to allow a student to participate
  • Question topics include both health promoting and health compromising behaviours


“The McCreary Centre provides an invaluable resource for those of us in the health field who are interested in knowing, from an evidence base, what is happening in the lives of children and youth in this province. The Centre’s ongoing school based survey is one of the very few consistent data sources available for providing an evidentiary base for program and policy decision making.”

Dr. Perry Kendall Provincial Health Officer BC Ministry of Health Planning.

2013 BC AHS Film

Leading BC figures provided commentary on the AHS findings in the film below, featuring Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Representative for Children and Youth, and Bob Lenarduzzi, owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The film was made by Grade 11 and 12 students at the Digital Media Academy, Argyle Secondary School, North Vancouver.