Christopher Henry

Survey Methodologist

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Bio

Christopher (Chris) is a Survey Methodologist. He joined the Bank in 2012. In his role, Christopher contributes to the design, implementation, and analysis of a range of surveys that measure the use of cash and alternative methods of payment.  He holds an MA in Economics from Western University and an MSc in Mathematics from McMaster University.


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Staff Analytical Notes

Bitcoin Awareness and Usage in Canada: An Update

Staff Analytical Note 2018-23 Christopher Henry, Kim Huynh, Gradon Nicholls
The results of our 2017 Bitcoin Omnibus Survey (December 12 to 15, 2017) when compared with those from 2016 show that Bitcoin “awareness” increased from 64 to 85 per cent, while ownership increased from 2.9 to 5.0 per cent. Most Bitcoin purchasers are using the cryptocurrency as an investment and not as a means of payment for goods or services.

Staff Discussion Papers

2018 Bitcoin Omnibus Survey: Awareness and Usage

The Bank of Canada continues to use the Bitcoin Omnibus Survey (BTCOS) to monitor trends in Canadians’ awareness, ownership and use of Bitcoin. The most recent iteration was conducted in late 2018, following an 85 percent decline in the price of Bitcoin throughout the year.

2017 Methods-of-Payment Survey Report

Staff Discussion Paper 2018-17 Christopher Henry, Kim Huynh, Angelika Welte
Cash use is declining while contactless and mobile payments are on the rise.

2013 Methods-of-Payment Survey Results

Staff Discussion Paper 2015-4 Christopher Henry, Kim Huynh, Rallye Shen
As the sole issuer of bank notes, the Bank of Canada conducts methods-of-payment (MOP) surveys to obtain a detailed and representative snapshot of Canadian payment choices, with a focus on cash usage.

Staff Working Papers

Bitcoin Awareness and Usage in Canada

Staff Working Paper 2017-56 Christopher Henry, Kim Huynh, Gradon Nicholls
There has been tremendous discussion of Bitcoin, digital currencies and FinTech. However, there is limited empirical evidence of Bitcoin’s adoption and usage. We propose a methodology to collect a nationally representative sample using the Bitcoin Omnibus Survey (BTCOS) to track the ubiquity and usage of Bitcoin in Canada.