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LISA (Longitudinal and International Study of Adults)


The Longitudinal and International Study of Adults collects information from people across Canada about their jobs, education, health and family. The study is also interested in how changes in these areas have affected people's lives. This survey aims to help improve education, employment, training and social services in Canada.

New developments, August 2018: The LISA 2016 (Wave 3) is planned for release in the fall of 2018. In the interim, Statistics Canada is introducing new administrative data for LISA family members. For each LISA respondent with valid T1 Family File (T1FF) administrative data, any family member ever identified in the T1FF is historically flagged. Each family member is then linked to their own historical T1FF administrative data. With this wide breadth of information for LISA family members, past and present, data users can now examine historical intergenerational connections and the course of factors that may influence whole families, as well as individuals, over time. 
These data are considered to be pilot data for this release, but will likely be included in all future LISA Wave releases, along with linkages to the other administrative data files (T4, immigration, and pension). For this pilot data release, the LISA intergenerational family files are associated with LISA Wave 2. The administrative T1FF data associated with this release extend to 2013, and include LISA respondents and family members based on the LISA respondent’s linkage consent status in Wave 2. 
Access to these new data files is automatically granted to RDC researchers who currently have access to LISA data. 

Additional requirements for LISA users:


Publications using this survey

Adeline, A., Crèvecoeur I. Choinière, Benito R. Fonseca, and Michaud P-C. (2020).  Income volatility, health and well-being. CIRANO Cahier Scientifique, Montréal, QC: Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Analyse des Organisations (CIRANO). Abstract
Fonseca, R., Lord S., and Parker S. C. (2020).  Self-employment at older ages in Canada. Chaire de recherche sur les enjeux économiques intergénérationnels (CREEi) Cahiers de recherche / Research Chair in Intergenerational Economics Working Paper, Montréal, QC: Chaire de recherche sur les enjeux économiques intergénérationnels (CREEI). Abstract
El-Attar, M., and Fonseca R. (2020).  Public pensions and low income dynamics in Canada. CREEI Cahier de recherche, Montréal, QC: Research Chair in Intergenerational Economics. Abstract