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LFS (Labour Force Survey)


The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment which are among the most timely and important measures of performance of the Canadian economy.

Note - COVID19 supplement:

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) has produced new supplementary COVID19 files and is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects. The LFS Supplement on the Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19 was conducted by Statistics Canada in April and May 2020 to help assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian labour market.

The data is available in SAS format only. For any LFS related questions please contact your RDC analyst.

Publications using this survey

Smith, P. M., Cawley C., Williams A., and Mustard C. (2020).  Male/female differences in the impact of caring for elderly relatives on labour market attachment and hours of work: 1997 to 2015. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 75 (3), 694-704. Abstract
Vosko, L. F., Akkaymak G., Casey R., Condratto S., Grundy J., Hall A., et al. (2020).  Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs. (Vosko, L. F., and Group C. the Enforc, Ed.),{Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs}, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. Abstract
Haeck, C., Paré S., Lefebvre P., and Merrigan P. (2019).  Paid parental leave: Leaner might be better. Canadian Public Policy, 45 (2), 212-238. Abstract
Zaresani, A. (2019).  Adjustment costs and incentives to work: Evidence from a disability insurance program. IZA Discussion Paper Series, : IZA Institute of Labour Economics. Abstract
Lluis, S., and McCall B. (2019).  Employment and job search implications of the extended weeks and working while on claim pilot initiatives. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques, 45 (2), 129-172. Abstract