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Browse the data available in this rich resource and learn how to access it.

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a population health research platform that contains a wealth of data from more than 300,000 Canadians aged 35-69 at time of enrollment from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Starting April 1, 2015, researchers will be able to request access to CPTP data. Data from certain core questionnaire variables, additional measures and access to samples will be available later in 2015/16. Information on these releases will be posted on the Opens in a new windowCPTP portal.

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Core Questionnaire

Over 300,000 Canadian participants have enrolled in CPTP and completed a core baseline health questionnaire with the following themes:

  • Social demographics and ethnic background
  • Education level and employment status
  • Personal and family disease histories
  • Cancer screening history
  • Sex and reproductive health
  • Sleep patterns
  • Sun exposure
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use/exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Physical activity level
  • Height, weight and waist circumference (self-reported)
  • Medication use + open text variables*

Additional Measures*

To date, a subset of these participants have also provided the following:

Biosamples (as of March 2015)

  • Over 150,000 DNA containing bio-samples (including at least 132,000 venous blood samples)
  • 101,000 urine samples
  • 30,000 toenail samples

Physical measures on up to 90,000 participants (collected in evaluation centres) include:

  • Height and weight
  • Waist and hip circumference
  • Blood pressure and resting heart rate
  • BMI and body composition
  • Grip strength

Data Harmonization

  • Data have been harmonized to facilitate co-analysis within CPTP and cooperation with other large-scale international research initiatives.
  • CPTP’s national harmonized dataset was developed in collaboration with Maelstrom Research (McGill University).

Data Access Principles

  • Access to CPTP data will be determined based on provision of a scientifically and ethically sound research plan, use of appropriate privacy and confidentiality measures and evidence of adequate financial resources to complete the proposed research.
  • Access to CPTP data is governed by a policy that enables informed and efficient collaboration, encourages fair, timely and transparent access to data for high-quality research; and ensures that access is facilitated in a scientific and ethical manner.
  • CPTP considers the rights and interests of participant privacy to be paramount.

How to Request Access to the Data:

The CPTP database employs a single point of access, and a comprehensive request management and evaluation process.

Scientists are encouraged to dive into this rich resource, review access policies and apply for access by visiting the Access Page on the CPTP Portal.

Click here to view/download the Opens in a new windowResearchers Brochure.