Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Halifax Region Opinion Panel?

The panel is maintained by the Halifax Regional Municipality's research partner, Corporate Research Associates (CRA). The information we collect will only be used to better understand residents' opinions and needs. Participation is completely voluntary and all personal information you provide will be kept confidential and will not be sold, rented, loaned, or used for sales solicitation. Your survey responses will be presented in aggregate form only and will not be personally identifiable in any way (i.e., your survey responses will always be combined with those of other survey respondents, and data will be presented in aggregate).

In appreciation for your time and contribution, you will be eligible for random prize draws which will only be open to our panel members.

Who can join the panel?

You must be 16 years of age and a resident of the Halifax Regional Municipality in order to join the panel.

Can more than one person from the same household join?

Yes. However, each email address can be used only once.

How do I join?

To join the panel, please complete the registration survey available at www.HFXopinionpanel.ca to see if you qualify for the panel at this time. If you have received an email invitation, please click on the link in the email.

After completing the registration survey, you will be sent a confirmation email. You must click on the link in your confirmation email to complete your registration process. To be sure you receive emails from the panel, please add the emails invite@hfxopinionpanel.ca and support@hfxopinionpanel.ca to your contacts in your address book.

Can I unsubscribe once I join?

Participation in the panel is voluntary and you are free to leave the panel at any time. To unsubscribe, please send an email to support@hfxopinionpanel.ca with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

How often should I expect to receive survey invitations?

We respect and appreciate the value of your time. We will typically only ask you to complete a maximum of one survey each month.

How do I know my privacy is protected?

CRA is committed to protecting your privacy and will not share your personal information with anyone. For the panel's complete privacy policy, please click on the following link (privacy policy).

What if my email address changes?

Please email us at support@hfxopinionpanel.ca at any time to update your email address.

What if I have questions or need technical assistance?

If you are having difficulties, please email your question to support@hfxopinionpanel.ca or visit the panel website at www.HFXopinionpanel.ca and click Contact.

How do I make sure that I receive communications and invitations to surveys?

Sometimes email is incorrectly identified as spam. When you receive your original email invitation from the panel, be sure to add the address to your contacts. This will ensure that any invitations come directly to your inbox. You can also add the addresses invite@hfxopinionpanel.ca and support@hfxopinionpanel.ca to your contacts manually.

What are the contest rules for surveys?

For complete contest rules, please click on the following link (contest rules).

How will I know if I have won a prize?

You will be contacted by email if your name is randomly drawn for a prize. Winners must reply to the email notification within 20 days of the notice being sent. For complete contest rules, please click on the following link (contest rules).

How can I obtain my prize?

If you win a prize, and correctly respond to the prize notification email, your prize will be mailed to you at the address you provided when you joined the panel.

How do I opt-in/out of additional general communication from the municipality?

To receive additional communication from the municipality, please indicate on the registration survey that you wish to opt-in to additional communication. If at any time you wish to opt-in or opt-out of the additional communication, please email us at support@hfxopinionpanel.ca.