Friday, October 28, 2016

WES Synthetic File


“A researcher is interested to know the process of generating WES synthetic files, especially for workplace surveys. Is there a document somewhere outlining that? She is trying to find out if the synthetic data have any resemblance with the master data, especially for descriptive analysis?”


Synthetic files contain dummy data and have the same record layout as the master files to enable researchers with remote access privileges to write and test their programs before sending them to Statistics Canada to be run against the actual master files.

“It is the researcher’s responsibility to ensure that their analysis programs run properly. To this end Statistics Canada provides them with synthetic files that they can use for development and testing of their programs. The synthetic files have the same format as the Master microdata files, but contain some artificial data and fewer records. The primary objective in the creation of the synthetic files is that the artificial data be consistent with the codeset and skip patterns in the questionnaire. This is important since realistic data are needed to test analysis programs properly. A secondary objective is to preserve, at least approximately, the marginal distributions of variables and the relationships between closely related variables from the Master microdata files.”

When creating a synthetic file to test programs it is necessary to have a minimum semblance of "realism". For example, one cannot test a program with a 10-variable regression model when there are only 9 observations in the dataset; another program may fail because the SDF has no observations with a given studied characteristic. But again, the data in the file is not real.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Heat Related Deaths

(1)I am helping a graduate student who is looking for a very precise dataset which will probably require a custom tab.

She is looking for the daily number of heat-related deaths (I know there is a category for that in the Vital Statistics database) for the following dates:

· 10th-13th of July 2005,
· 15th of July to 2nd of August 2006
· 17th to 25th of July 2011

For the following areas:
· Montreal CMA
· Toronto CMA
· Province of Quebec
· Ontario
· All of Canada

The data should be broken down by:
· Sex
· Age

(1 - Revised) After talking to the researcher, she has reformulated her request hoping that data could be provided at a less granular level.

So, now, she would be is looking for the daily number of heat-related deaths (I know there is a category for that in the Vital Statistics database) for the following dates:

· July 2005
· July 2011

For the following areas:
​Montreal CMA
Province of Quebec

(1)Unfortunately the custom tab as requested is not feasible, please see response below from the Health Statistics production team:

This request is not feasible as specified. While there is no minimum for suppression in Deaths custom tabulations, the data has to be randomly rounded by 5 to abide to our confidentiality rules. In this particular case, the number of deaths linked to the ICD-10 codes provided is lower than 10, which would translate into meaningless strings of 0, 5 and 10 if we should go on with the request as specified.

(1 - Revised) From subject matter: The sample is still too small to provide any usable data. The number of deaths due to exposure to natural heat (X30) for the entire province is usually less than 10 a year. Which makes monthly data essentially random. The number of deaths due to artificial heat (Flames, fire and smoke-X00-X09) is closer to 50 annually. But monthly data is still essentially random numbers. It is even more so for the CMA of Montreal. We would not recommend to process this request considering the low numbers and the necessary random rounding.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CMHC Microdata


I have a researcher who is looking for information on rental prices that ideally comes with indicators of type of rental (one-bedroom, two-bedroom etc.) and location at the neighbourhood level. She indicates that rather than aggregates per neighbourhood (e.g. average rental price for Kitsilano in 2015), she wants the underlying data where the rental (or survey respondent as may be the case) is the unit of analysis.

I have pointed her to Table 6 "Private Row (Townhouse) and Apartment Average Rent by Bedroom Type" but she is interested in the underlying data if its available.

Is this available--? I realize this is a CMHC survey but they have partnered with Statistics Canada in the past.


Detailed information for the data from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation can be obtained from the contact below.

Status: Active
Frequency: Monthly
Record number: 7505

The data we have from CHMS is provided to statcan:

This data is obtained from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and is provided subject to CMHC's End-Use License Agreement.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Water sources + health

I have a student researcher looking for data on access to water sources in Canada and wanting to link to health outcomes. Ideally, she would like to focus on indigenous communities; but she is really just deciding where to focus and the availability of data will influence her decision. Is it possible to obtain first nations data on water related issues at either the individual or household level?

I started looking at the Survey of Drinking Water Plants and the Households and the Environment Survey, but I’m not sure if I’m on the right track. (By the way, the links in Nesstar to the 2013 HES User Guide and the HES Data Dictionary do not work.)

Would the First Nations Data Centre have the information your student is looking for? I noticed on their data page there are some stats and visualizations about both water supply and some health indicators. If you need access to microdata there is a cost per access model. I’m not an expert on this particular resource by any means, but there is some contact information for the FNDC Coordinator on this webpage.

The Households and the Environment Survey does indeed have questions on water, however, it does not seem to contain many health outcome indicators on the file.

Have you considered the Aboriginal Peoples Survey? I came across the following table that pointed to the APS as being the source. The APS also has numerous health indicators and health status variables on the file.

In nesstar, you will be able to compare the variables for APS available on the PUMF vs the Masterfile.

The table is from the article: The Health of First Nations Living Off-Reserve, Inuit, and M├ętis Adults in Canada: The Impact of Socio-economic Status on Inequalities in Health

I did come across these resources:
Health Canada’s site: Drinking Water and Wastewater for First nations and inuit health

Related information links to:
Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in First Nation communities in Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2003). National Assessment of Water and Wastewater Systems In First Nations Communities - Summary Report

Another (non-Statcan) source that might be useful is the First Nations Regional Health Survey from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC).

​"The First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS, or RHS for short) is the only First Nations-governed, national health survey in Canada. It collects information about on reserve and northern First Nations communities based on both Western and traditional understandings of health and well-being."

The survey has had several data collection cycles:

Pilot Survey: 1997
Phase 1: 2002/03
Phase 2: 2008/10
Phase 3: 2015/16

It has gathered data on water quality (see 2002/03 Questionnaire excerpt below) as well as many health-related variables.​ Some tables are freely available online from​ These seem to be frequency tables of individual variables, not cross-tabulations of multiple variables such as water quality and health variables. That might need to be ordered as a custom tabulation ($) from FNIGC. Not sure.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

National Student Survey of Student Engagement

I've had a question / request for the National Survey of Student Engagement which is not a Statistic Canada survey:

Does anyone know anything about acquiring results, preferably the most recent. (2014 survey year?)

The NSSE is administered for Canada and the US by Indiana University Bloomington. They administer the survey for the US and Canada, and this is where MacLean’s got the data from for the article that you included in your message.

You can poke around their website to find different data tools, but of note are the public report builder, and a copy of the Canadian surveys in English and French.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DLI Logo Images


The DLI Survival Guide table of contents indicates that there should be a downloadable version of the DLI logo somewhere, but I have yet to find it. Could it be made available, please?


We are in fact working with Dissemination to put back up the new graphic identifier.

In the interim, it is available through the DLI EFT site here

New files on Statistics Canada Nesstar

We are pleased to inform you that the following are now available on the Statistics Canada Nesstar WebView site (


Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – January (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – February (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – March (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – April (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – May (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – June (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – July (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – August (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – September (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – October (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – November (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2014 – December (Rebased, 2011 Census of Population)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – January
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – February
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – March
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – April
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – May
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – June
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – July
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – August
Labour Force Survey (LFS), 2016 – September

Public Master Files (metadata only)

Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS), 2012
Canadian Internet Use Survey (CIUS), 2012
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey (EICS), 2013

To access the microdata housed in the Research Data Centres (RDCs), researchers must submit a project proposal to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada.

PCCF/PCCF+ Usability Question

We have a researcher that has collected her own data where each entry has either a Postal Code or Full Address. This collected data spans from 2006 to 2013. They would like to use the NHS 2011, to get demographic information on a CSD level for this data. We know we need to use a PCCF file but, are unsure which one release to use due to the time span of the data (2006 to 2011).


Have you considered using the PCCF+ file?

I consulted a presentation, available on our Training Repository here, delivered by Health Analysis Division in 2015 regarding the differences of PCCF and PCCF+, and the presentation highlighted that:

“Consider using PCCF+ rather than PCCF-SLI if any of the following apply

4. The “vintage” of the postal codes on your file spans more than one census”
4: “Vintage” of postal codes

  • Postal codes on your file spans more than one census
  • PCCF+ assigns DA or EA from each census from 1981 through 2011
  • Useful for time-varying variables
The presentation also presents several case scenarios and which product to use – example of one of the case scenarios presented

Potential case strategies
Several geocoding scenarios are possible
1.Only postal codes available

  • Use PCCF-SLI or PCCF+ to assign geographic codes, etc…
2.Full street address available
  • Use address geocoding software (GIS)
  • Use PCCF-SLI or PCCF+ on postal code portion of address
3.Telephone numbers available
  • Reverse lookup to get postal code or address
  • Use 911 system maps to get location from address
The most recent PCCF+ is found on the EFT here

There is a read me file at the root of the safe that indicates the release date of the versions. Version 6C is the most recent.



A researcher here has 2 questions:

1. Pertaining to the PUMF for Cycle 3 of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth: the PUMF collection contains the Primary File and the 10-15 Year Olds file. It appears that the Primary File contains data collected from the Book 1 – Parent Survey questionnaire and the 10-15 years old file contains data collected from Book 2, specifically the questionnaires for the children. In Book 2 there is also a series of teacher questionnaires, but it is unclear what, if any, of that data appears in the PUMF. There are variables in the PUMF Primary File that relate to performance on academic tests for math, reading etc., which were presumably conducted by teachers, but it is very difficult to match any of that clearly to questions listed in the surveys in Book 2. Is there a clear way to determine which variables in the Primary File were collected from parents (PMKs) vs teachers? Is there additional data from the teacher surveys available through the RDCs?

2. Pertaining to the Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth (2016 pilot) described on the Statistics Canada website. Do you know whether there are plans to release any of the pilot data? And, do you know whether this survey will be going beyond the pilot phase and if yes, what are the timelines for conducting the survey and/or releasing data, either as PUMF or via the RDC?


“We are planning to release the CHSCY pilot data to the RDC if the data quality is acceptable. We will make that determination by September 2017 at the latest. There are no plans to produce a PUMF with the pilot test data.

We have funding for three full cycles of the CHSCY. Data collection is tentatively planned for:

Cycle 1- October 2018-May 2019 (Data release ~February 2020)
Cycle 2- October 2021-May 2022 (Data release ~February 2023)
Cycle 3- October 2024-May 2025 (Data release ~February 2026)

There has been such tremendous interest in this survey that I am confident there will be funding announcements for additional cycles in the next few years. We are planning to put all CHSCY data in the RDC and RTRA system. There is no decision on whether a PUMF will be created for the full cycles. We will study the data from the first full cycle to evaluate the uniqueness of the records, required suppression and overall suitability for a PUMF before making a recommendation to the CHSCY Steering Committee. We will likely make this recommendation in spring/summer 2020 once we are more familiar with the data.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Updated Products - ICO Q3 2016

Inter-corporate ownership (ICO) – Q3 2016

This product is a directory of corporate ownership in Canada that provides information on every individual corporation that is part of a group of commonly controlled corporations with combined assets exceeding $600 million or combined revenue exceeding $200 million. Individual corporations with debt obligations or equity owing to non-residents exceeding a net book value of $1 million are covered as well.

Ultimate corporate control is determined through a careful study of holdings by corporations, the effects of options, insider holdings, convertible shares and interlocking directorships.

The information presented is based on non-confidential returns filed by Canadian corporations under the Corporations Returns Act and on research using public sources such as Internet sites. Entries for each corporation provide both the country of control and the country of residence.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Marriages and Divorces by Conjugal Status


A student has found the number of married people by opposite sex and same sex from the 2011 and 2006 Census and is wondering if the number is available annually and at the provincial level. She is also wondering if data on divorce of opposite sex and same sex is available.

It appears that Justice Canada took over Vital Statistics from StatsCan and at that point, all that lovely marriage and divorce data disappeared


Thank you for your question on the number of married people by opposite sex and same sex.

These numbers are not available annually. The census, every five years, is providing numbers on these topics, and the 2016 Census data on opposite-same sex married people will be disseminated on August 2nd, 2017. 

No data is available from Statistics Canada on divorces as this program was terminated back in 2008.

For the Vital Statistics question, I can confirm this with subject matter but from what I gather, it appears that Statistics Canada underwent a strategic review in 2008. As such, Statistics Canada made the decision to discontinue the collection and dissemination of national marriage and divorce data. 

The Department of Justice Canada is responsible for collecting the divorce data through the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings and, as such, has the divorce data ( Data on marriages are still being collected by the provincial and territorial vital statistics registrars.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Industrial Water Survey (IWS): any PUMF access?

I have a University of Toronto researcher who is interested in data obtained through the Industrial Water Survey (IWS).

She has looked at several CANSIM tables (I have the numbers)  that are using data from the IWS, but the tables do not provide enough detail for her either at the geographic level nor at the manufacturing subsector level. She is also looking for further breakdowns related  to water acquisition and public utilities costs.

I don’t see the IWS listed as a DLI product. Would it still be possible to get access to a IWS PUMF through DLI, or should the researcher contact Statistics Canada directly?

I received a reply from subject matter. It appears your client [has two] ways forward - Custom tabulation or application through the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research (CDER) 

If they are interested in custom tables it would help to have a clear understanding of the specific dimensions for the data request (e.g., what level of NAICS and geography) along with a list of variables. I’m assuming by the reference to the manufacturing subsector that the client is only interested in the manufacturing industry, is that correct?  I can pass this information off to subject matter for an estimate.

Should they wish to pursue access through CDER, they would be subject to CDER’s research application process and be expected access the files onsite at Statistics Canada head office. More information can be found here:

UCR Monthly Numbers


I have a researcher who is making use of the UCR but needs more up-to-date information. Is it possible to obtain monthly data--if so, how should she proceed?

Unfortunately, UCR data is not available monthly.

Response from subject matter: UCR is an annual release.

The 2015 data is here and was published in July. This data includes the entire 2015 year as the data reflected is annual. 2016 data will not be available until July 2017. Our 2015 RDC file has not yet been released.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Release - LFS - September 2016

Labour Force Survey (LFS) – September 2016

LFS data for September 2016 are now available on the EFT site.

This public use microdata file contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products
The Labour Force Survey estimates are based on a sample, and are therefore subject to sampling variability. Estimates for smaller geographic areas, industries, occupations or cross tabulations will have more variability. For an explanation of sampling variability of estimates, and how to use standard errors to assess this variability, consult the Data Quality section in the Guide to the Labour Force Survey.

Eft: /MAD_PUMF_FMDG_DAM/Root/3107_LFS_EPA/1976-2016/data/

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PCCF SAS command file


A student is looking for a SAS command file for the latest PCCF. Is this available somewhere?


As per the release email from subject matter there is a readme file with:

SPSS code intended for users of the Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF) was prepared by the Western Libraries Map and Data Centre, UWO by Vince Gray.

SAS code intended for users of the Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF) was prepared by the Data Resource Centre, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph by A. Michelle Edwards, Ph.D., MLIS.

You can find the syntax files in the following folder: /MAD_PCCF_FCCP_DAM/Root/2011/pccf-fccp/pccf_jun2013_fccp/doc/

The syntax can be used with other versions of the PCCF. As per subject matter: “all the same files exist for the current PCCF and the two previous versions.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MLS information for Vancouver

A pair of students in the 4th-year Economics thesis course have settled on a topic for their year – they would like to investigate the impact of the 15% foreign buyers tax on the real estate market in Toronto. Following the methodology of a similar paper done on the Toronto real estate market a number of years ago, they have concluded that they will need data from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on each home sale.

Have you had experience dealing with the MLS on obtaining data of this type? 

Is there a contact to whom you can refer me? 
What is the most detailed information about the Vancouver real estate market that Statistics Canada could provide?


I've had a researcher successfully request information from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), which runs the MLS and CREA does have a microsite for stats on the housing market ( and we were able to request additional data from the CREA stats team.

At that time (November last year), here were the terms of use:
Please note that our data cannot be published or redistributed. It can only be used for analytical purposes or to generate charts and graphs so long as the underlying data are not displayed and The Canadian Real Estate Association is sourced.

Ordinarily the cost would be $90 + HST but due to the Professor’s affiliation to the University there will be no charge for this his first data request. 

 Future requests will be billed at $40 base price + $5 per data series + HST. 

However due to the fact that the data cannot be redistributed the request will have to come from the professor. Confirmation that the professor will adhere to the terms of use outlined above is needed.

Here is the relevant real estate info available from statcan:
The lowest level of geography publicly available is at the CMA.

Residential Property Values
Record number: 5213

The Property Values Program produces residential property value estimates by province and territory, as well as by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs). This data series represents residential property values at current market price, by reference year. This includes all taxable and exempt properties.

Annual Survey of Service Industries: Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Appraisers and Other Real Estate Activities

Record number: 4706

This annual sample survey collects data required to produce economic statistics for the Real Estate Brokers industry in Canada.

Data collected from businesses are aggregated with information from other sources to produce official estimates of national and provincial economic production for this industry.

Survey estimates are made available to businesses, governments, investors, associations, and the public. The data are used to monitor industry growth, measure performance, and make comparisons to other data sources to better understand this industry.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Record number: 7505

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) produces a comprehensive database containing more than 14,000 housing series. From CANSIM you can download residential housing statistics on housing starts, completions, under construction and newly completed and unoccupied; vacancy rates; and mortgage information.

Ethnicity Question


I am looking for the population of black Africans in Canada (either born here or who have come as immigrants). The researcher is particularly interested in knowing how many of these people work in the health care field.

This is the best info I could find so far:


I have been searching statcan resources for visible minority, ethnic diversity, and immigration and can think of the NHS, although that may be a little dated.

All references that I have come across are derived from the Census program. I will keep searching and let you know if I come across anything more relevant.

National Household Survey: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity (99-010-X)

Tax return data for postal codes


I have a researcher who wants CRA tax return data at a six digit postal code level. Would this be a custom tabulation?


We would not release data down to the 6 digit postal code level, this would be a research proposal request in the RDCs.

For more information, see

2011 census (was re: Codebook for 2011 census master file?)


Does the above document (Codebook for 2011 census master file) exist anywhere, or a record layout? 

I have a user who needs to be able to link individuals in families, to find the age ranges of oldest child in a household, second oldest, and so on. I assume that something of the sort would be possible from the census master file, but I am, of course, prepared to be wrong. If so, is there any other potential for this kind of information?


Took some hunting down but we got a copy of the zero count codebooks for the 2011 Census from the RDC program.

Because of file size, I have been unable to send them via email.

I have saved a copy on the EFT, available here :

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October new release notifications - health statistics data

We are pleased to inform you of upcoming releases from Statistics Canada using health statistics data.
On the day of release, announcements will be made in The Daily.

October 13, 2016

Canadian Health Measures Survey - Cycle 4 (wave one): CANSIM tables 117-0001 to 117-0012 will be updated.

Health Fact Sheets (82-625-X) – This release will feature the following fact sheets:
“Blood pressure of children and youth, 2012 to 2015”
“Blood pressure of adults, 2012 to 2015”
“Hearing loss of Canadians, 2012 to 2015”

October 19, 2016

Health Reports (82-003-X) will publish:

Grip strength reference values for Canadians aged 6 to 79: Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2007 to 2013 - The purpose of this analysis was to use data from the 2007-to-2013 Canadian Health Measures Survey to develop reference equations for maximum, right-hand and left-hand grip strength for Canadians aged 6 to79, based on a healthy, nationally representative population. These equations can be used to determine reference values against which to assess an individual’s grip strength.

Reduced muscular strength among Canadians aged 60 to 79: Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2007 to 2013 - Data on grip strength among 3,181 respondents aged 60 to 79 from the 2007 to 2013 Canadian Health Measures Survey were used to compare the prevalence of reduced muscular strength based on percentile, t-score and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health grip strength cut-points, and examine associations between reduced strength and impaired mobility, self-rated health, and disability.

On the day of release, The Health Reports catalogue link will be updated.

October 20, 2016

Health at a Glance (82-624-X) - Health at a Glance consists of short, informative reports on interesting health-related topics intended for a general audience. This release will feature the article “Updating the standard population and its effect on cancer incidence and mortality rates”.

October 26, 2016

Births, 2013 (CANSIM tables 102-4501 to 102-4513 will be updated)

Health Fact Sheets (82-625-X) – This release will feature the following fact sheets:
“Trends in Canadian births, 1993 to 2013”
“Low birth weight newborns in Canada, 2000 to 2013”
“Preterm live births in Canada, 2000 to 2013”

This schedule is subject to change.

2006 Aboriginal Children's Survey

This is a shot in the dark, but is there any chance that there is something in the works to repeat a survey similar to the 2006 Aboriginal Children's Survey?  I have a researcher looking for similar, but more recent, data for that 0-5 Aboriginal children age range.

The ACS is inactive, but I found the Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth, which is in Pilot for 2016 reference period.

I have contacted the CHSCY analyst and received the following:
"The CHSCY pilot survey will be in collection October 17th to December 10th. The survey explores issues that have an impact on the physical and mental health of children and youth aged 1 to 17, such as physical activity, the use of electronic devices, time spent in school and extracurricular activities and the physical features of their neighbourhoods.  Information from the survey will be used to develop programs and policies to help improve the lives of Canadian children and youth.

Collection will take place in the provinces and territories. The off-reserve aboriginal population are included in the survey.

Collection is planned for either 2018/2019,depending on funding. For the main survey, we anticipate being able to release national estimates for the aboriginal off-reserve population."

I have contacted Social and Aboriginal Surveys Division (SASD) for surveys within their division that may be able to address the researchers needs. Will follow up if there is anything else.

Followup Answer
In follow up with SASD, unfortunately there is no plan to resurrect the 2006 ACS right now. The most similar survey I can think of that would give some information would be the Children's Health Survey that HSD is working on.

Missing Data - Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)


I am providing Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics PUMFs (all years available) to an economics prof here at Acadia, and 1995 is missing (/MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3889_SLID_EDTR/1995/data). Does anyone know where that could be? Or have it available to pass on to me?


Response 1:
I found this ‘readme’ file from DLI that I had saved about the SLID 1995. Not sure if there is anything more recent.

"Sat May 25 09:34:59 2002

I would like to try and sort out confusion about the Survey of Labour and
Income Dynamics (SLID Waves 1 & 2 referred to the first two years of the
survey 1993 and 1994. For these years they released cross-sectional files
and a two year longitudinal file. These we have on our FTP site.

Wave 3 refers to the third year of the survey 1995. The data collected
from this wave were released on June 17, 1998, however they did not release
any public file at that time. Although that had announced plans to release
files related to Wave 3 this never did occur. There are now no plans to
create a public file for Wave 3.

Cross- sectional files were produced for 1996 , 1997 and 1998 and these
are on our FTP site as well.

Since then it has been decided that there will be no more longitudinal files
released from SLID. Longitudinal data from this survey will now be
available only through remote job submission and at the RDCs.

I hope that this helps to clarify the SLID situation"

Response 2:
There is no PUMF available for SLID 1995. During this timeframe, the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) was still in a transitional phase. The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) continued to produce PUMFs up to and including 1997 income reference year. Please refer to the note below from the 1996 SLID PUMF file documentation. For more information, you can consult the Introduction section of the attached document.

For many years, the Survey of Consumer Finances had provided public-use microdata
files (PUMFs) to meet the needs of cross-sectional household income data users. SCF
PUMFs were released up to and including reference year 1997. As part of its
commitment to key data users, Statistics Canada has promised that SLID would continue
to produce public-use microdata files (PUMFs) to meet the requirements of the SCF
PUMF users. For the purposes of standard tables, Statistics Canada has decided to make
the transition from SCF to SLID between 1995 and 1996. Therefore, SLID cross-sectional
PUMFs are being made available for reference years 1996 and 1997 (years in
common with SCF). Beginning with reference year 1998, a SLID PUMF will be released
on an annual basis.