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T2-LEAP (T2-Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program)


Since 2011, professional researchers have been accessing Statistics Canada’s holdings of business microdata to conduct approved research projects at its headquarters in Ottawa, through the Canadian Centre for Data Development and Economic Research program (CDER).

In March 2018, Statistics Canada launched a pilot project to help support the introduction of business microdata in the Research Data Centres (RDCs). As through CDER, researchers will work directly with synthetic business microdata before submitting their programs to Statistics Canada staff to be run on the actual microdata.  The pilot will consider only research proposals using the T2-Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program (LEAP), an enterprise-level database that contains key information on firm entry and exit, demographics, finances, and performance. The T2-LEAP has been used to study: employment and business dynamics, industry turnover, productivity growth, high-growth firms, and firm financing, survival and performance.

Proposals should be submitted by email at: [email protected] Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until April 30, 2018. Read the call for proposals for all details.


Update April 18, 2018: 

We are pleased to inform you that the CRDCN together with the Productivity Partnership is offering funds to assist researchers in the use of the T2-LEAP syn data in the RDCs. At least two research projects will be funded (up to a maximum of $6000 each). These funds are intended to be used for research costs, including hiring a student research assistant (any level), travel, conference presentation and attendance, ungating of journal articles, and other knowledge mobilization items. Note that researchers are expected to report to the CRDCN KT Coordinator and the Productivity Partnership research coordinator any materials they produce. In addition, they are expected to acknowledge the financial contribution of the CRCDN and the Productivity Partnership in these materials.
Please submit your request for funding online, with the following information: Name and contact information of the lead researcher; title of project; an abstract including research questions (approx. 250 words); and budget breakdown.
Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until May 15, 2018. The results will be announced shortly after projects accepted to take part in the pilot are announced by Statistics Canada.