Sixth Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada: Results of the Canadian Health Measures Survey Cycle 6 (2018-2019), along with 8 biomonitoring fact sheets for a selection of chemicals. 

A technical briefing was held this morning presenting highlights from the report and fact sheets. A PDF copy of the presentation is attached.

The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is a comprehensive direct health measures survey conducted by Statistics Canada, in partnership with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The CHMS includes a biomonitoring component, funded by Health Canada, which measures the levels of environmental chemicals in individual samples of blood and urine. Health Canada’s National Biomonitoring Program reports are key deliverables under the Chemicals Management Plan.

The Sixth Report contains summary data for 79 environmental chemicals measured in cycle 6 of the CHMS. It features data for the same set of chemicals presented in the previous Fifth Report, except for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which were excluded for cycle 6. The report does not address any health outcomes, provide analyses or conclusions, or recommend policy direction. It is strictly a technical document that outlines objectives, describes the survey design and methods, and provides descriptive summaries of measured environmental chemicals, along with approximately 130 data tables.

New this year is the publication of biomonitoring fact sheets that highlight changes in chemical exposures over time, distributions across age groups, differences between males and females, and comparisons between the Canadian population and other populations in Canada and the United States. Eight fact sheets have been released this year on arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, PFAS, DEHP, bisphenol A (BPA) and parabens.

Data files are also available through Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centers (RDCs).