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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

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
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
Ali, W. K. (2019).  The social and spatial dimensions of precarious labour. School of Geography and Earth Sciences. Hamilton, ON: McMaster University. Abstract
Olaizola, A., and Sweetman A. (2019).  Brain gain and waste in Canada: Physicians and nurses by place of birth and training. (, Ed.),{Recent Trends in International Migration of Doctors, Nurses and Medical Students}, 123-139.Paris, FR: OECD Publishing. Abstract
Ariste, R., Béjaoui A., and Dauphin A. (2019).  Critical analysis of nurses' labour market effectiveness in Canada: The hidden aspects of the shortage. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, ePub ahead of print, 1-11. Abstract