The SAMoSA Survey

The SAMoSA survey is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone for participating!

By taking our survey, you have contributed to an upcoming research project: the Spatial Accessibility to a Multitude oServices and Amenities study (SAMoSA Study for short) as part of the research project aimed at developing Indicators of Health-enhancing Opportunity Structures in communities (IHOPS), led by Dr. Mikiko Terashima, an Assistant Professor of the School of Planning, Dalhousie University.

*NEW* Please read our Respondent Characteristics Report to learn more about the responses we received through the SAMoSA survey.

Please continue to monitor this website for the release of our findings!


The SAMoSA survey is part of a study looking at the influence of our living environment on health and well-being in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). This study will look at how easy or difficult it is to access six services and amenities as a way to assess our living environments. These services and amenities are:

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1) healthy food outlets;

2) green and recreational space (i.e. parks);

3) public transit;

4) family doctors;

5) affordable housing; and,

6) jobs.


Congratulations to the winners of $20 gift cards, randomly selected from those who participated.


If you have any questions about the survey or the project, please contact Kate Clark at


This survey has been approved by Dalhousie University Ethics Review Board.

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-1462, or email (and reference REB file #2017-4300).