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Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada

This survey was designed to provide information on how new immigrants adjust to life in Canada and to understand the factors that can help or hinder this adjustment. The data will be used to evaluate the current services available and help improve them.

Major topics and subtopics

Ethnic diversity and immigration

  • Structure and size of immigrating unit
  • Immigration category
  • Countries of origin (birth, citizenship, last permanent residence)
  • Ethnic origin
  • Population group and visible minorities
  • Reasons for immigrating to Canada
  • Applications to immigrate (Canada and other countries)
  • Canadian citizenship intentions
  • Settlement plans

Secondary topics

Housing and shelter costs
Income and earnings
Mobility and migration

Limited topics

Families and households



Sample size

Immigrants aged 15 and over, landing in Canada from abroad between October 2000 and September 2001; interviewed approximately 6 months, 2 years and 4 years after arrival; sample of approximately 12,000, 9,300 and 7,700 respectively in each wave.


Survey held in 2001-2002; follow up in 2003 and 2005

Lowest levels of geography

Selected census metropolitan areas

Products and services

  • Basic standard products
  • Customized tabulations
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