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LAD data set

RDC News: October 2017

Thanksgiving closure, the CRDCN annual conference, and a new data set is available.

Sep 28, 2017

Upcoming Closures:

  • closed all day on Monday Oct. 9th (Thanksgiving)


CRDCN 2017 annual conference: preliminary program    

The preliminary program of the 2017 CRDCN annual conference is now available online at: (in English). The French version is available at:

 Please circulate to your networks! Spots are still available - for registration information, see



New data sets at the RDC:

In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the McMaster Research Data Centre.  Please see the information below.  Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals! 

Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD) available

The Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD) is a longitudinal file designed as a research tool on income and demographics. It comprises a 20% sample of the annual T1 Family File and the Longitudinal Immigration Data Base. Where possible, variables have been harmonized and individuals can be linked year to year starting with 1982 data. The file is annually updated with new data.

The longitudinal file contains many annual demographic variables about the individuals represented and annual income information for both the individual and their census family in that year. For immigrants landed between 1980-2014, the file also contains certain key characteristics observed at landing.

The longitudinal nature of the LAD allows for custom-tailored research into dynamic phenomena, as well as representative cross-sectional patterns. Data are mainly used by government departments to evaluate programs and support policy recommendations. Academics, private consultants and Statistics Canada researchers also use the data for analyses of socio-economic conditions. Researchers interested in immigration, household and family income, spending and wealth, labour markets, and taxation may find this a useful data set.

For further details on this data set, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website:

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data.   For information on the application process, please visit: