BC Adolescent Health Survey

The BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) is a province-wide survey administered to youth in Grade 7 to 12 since 1992. The survey gives an evidence base of youth health trends, emerging issues, and risk and protective factors for healthy development.

2023 BC Adolescent Health Survey

Around 38,500 young people aged 12–19 in 59 of BC’s 60 school districts completed the 2023 BC AHS. The survey was developed in consultation with young people, parents, and other experts in youth health. It was pilot-tested with diverse young people in communities across BC before being administered by Public Health Nurses and allied health professionals to students in mainstream public schools in the spring of 2023.

Provincial report

The Big Picture: An overview of the 2023 BC Adolescent Health Survey provincial results

This report shares provincial findings of the 2023 BC Adolescent Health Survey, which was completed by around 38,500 young people aged 12–19 in 59 of BC’s 60 school districts.
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Click here for ways to engage youth with the BC AHS results.

2023 BC AHS key findings summaries

Arabic | Chinese (simplified) | Chinese (traditional) | Filipino | French | Hindi | Korean | Persian | Portuguese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

2023 BC AHS fact sheets

2023 BC AHS Zine series

View a compilation of the zines here.

2023 BC AHS other youth resources

2023 BC AHS information
Information booklets
Additional resources

For additional resources or if you have any questions, please contact ahs@mcs.bc.ca.

2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey

Over 38,000 young people aged 12–19 in 58 of BC’s 60 school districts completed the 2018 BC AHS. The survey was developed in consultation with young people, parents, and other experts in youth health. It was extensively pilot tested before being administered by Public Health Nurses and Public Health Resource Nurses to students in mainstream public schools between February and June 2018.

Provincial report

Balance and Connection in BC: The health and well-being of our youth

This report shares provincial findings of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey, which was completed by 38,015 Grade 7-12 students in schools across British Columbia.
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2018 BC AHS Regional Reports (Health Service Delivery Area)

2018 BC AHS Special Topic Fact Sheets

Developing an index of adolescent deprivation for use in British Columbia

McCreary has published an article in the Child Indicators Research Journal on developing a measure that captures the experiences of deprivation among youth in BC. Inspired by a model successful used in the UK to measure material deprivation, the BC Youth Deprivation Index was developed ahead of the 2018 BC AHS and collected results from over 38,000 BC youth. Click here to access the article.

Supporting BC youth poster series

Sports injury and prevention posters

Members of McCreary's Youth Advisory and Action Council created posters about organized sport injuries and injury prevention using 2018 BC AHS data. One poster is aimed at a youth audience and the second is intended for adults who wish to support youth. Both posters are available in English and French.

Download the posters: Poster for youth (English) / Poster for adults (English) / Poster for youth (French) / Poster for adults (French)

SDGs: How are we measuring up?

Canada has committed to implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the federal government has called for reliable data to assess progress towards the goals. This poster shares data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey which provide some examples of how the health of youth aged 12–19 in the province measures up against 9 of the 17 SDGs.

Download the poster here.

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