Equality, security and community (ESC), wave 1, 2000-2001

A national study exploring the economic, social and political factors that shape public policy, and how these policies determine societal values, attitudes and well-being among individuals and communities.

The survey component was designed to profile information, for a sample of Canadians, on their social networks, well-being (including employment status, occupation, income, economic security, education, health, etc.), participation in civil society (group memberships, volunteer activities, and charitable giving, voting, political party identification), their attitudes towards their role and efficacy of the state, support or opposition for government, and other existing or possible public policies.

Alternative title
Social capital and well-being, 2000-2001
Data creator

Johnston, Richard. Department of Political Science. University of British Columbia

Date of creation
2003 Feb 12th
Toronto, ON: York University. Institute for Social Research
Date of distribution
2004 Jan 22nd
Geographic coverage

Canada, provinces


3 sample components: national sample, urban over sample and British Columbia Resource Community sample. Two-stage probability selection, by random digit dialing (RDD)

Date of collection
2000 to 2001
Mode of data collecton

Computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI)

Unit of observation
Extent of file

1 data file (5,152 logical records) in SDA & accompanying documentation


Downloaded from http://www.isr.yorku.ca/download/ESC/esc.html. Non UofT members can visit this site to download data. 

Funding agency

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant number 412-97-0003



Johnson, Richard. Equality, security and community, wave 1, 2000-2001 [computer file]. Toronto, Ont.: York University. Institute for Social Research [producer and distributor], 2003

Access status
Access conditions and restrictions

All research based upon these data must include an acknowledgement such as the following:

Data from the first wave of the Equality, Security and Community (ESC) survey were provided by the Institute for Social Research, York University. The ESC project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), grant number 412-97-0003, Project Director, Dr Jonathan R Kesselman, Public Policy Program, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. The survey component of the ESC study was completed under the direction of Dr. Richard Johnston, UBC. Neither the Institute for Social Research, SSHRC, nor the ESC Research Team are responsible for the analyses and interpretations presented here.

Researchers are requested to forward a copy of any publications or scholarly papers to:
Institute for Social Research,
York University,
4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3

and to

Richard Johnston,
Department of Political Science,
University of British Columbia,
1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1

Data acquired from the Institute for Social Research (ISR) may not be re-disseminated outside the recipient institution