Canadians’ Perspectives on Digital Health Privacy

November 21, 2022

On behalf of Canada Health Infoway, Leger conducted a survey of 2,010 Canadians about digital health privacy. Infoway has been tracking attitudes, expectations and experiences in digital health privacy in Canada every 5 years since 2007.

This study aims to update this public opinion research by further exploring Canadians’ attitudes, utilization, perceptions and expectations around digital health privacy.


  • Three in ten respondents say their perception of privacy of their personal health information (PHI) does not have any impact on their willingness to use digital health tools.
  • More than half of respondents (56%) believe their health care privacy rights are adequately protected by law. This is even higher among those who have a family doctor. However, only three in ten respondents say they are aware of Canadian privacy laws that protect their personal health information.
  • Respondents have a high level of trust in health care providers to keep their personal health information safe and secure.
  • A majority of the respondents say they would be willing to share their personal health information for secondary purposes.


  • An online survey of 2,010 citizens in Canada was conducted from March 8 to March 20, 2022.
  • Using Canadian Census data, weighting was applied according to region, age, and gender to render a representative sample of the Canadian population.
  • A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size would have a margin of error ±2.19%, 19 times out of 20.

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