Doug Baer's Metropolis Web Page
Resources for MBC Researchers
This page is still under construction. Watch for updates
I am the Data Co-ordinator (a.k.a. "Data Committee Chair") for Metropolis BC.
Metropolis BC researchers should contact me for data that are available exclusively to MBC. These include a) Statistics
Canada "Core Tables" from the Census and b) LIDS ("landings") data from CIC. There are other sources available to both
MBC and non-MBC users, including: i) Research Data Centres (Census + other survey data), ii) Statistics Canada "public use
files" and iii) Statistics Canada summary tables usually available through university data librarians.
Office: Rm. A365 Cornett Building, University of Victoria
Phone: (250) 721-7581 (or cell: 250-418-5420)
Statistics Canada Poster, providing details on Key Datasets, from
2009 Metropolis conference in Calgary (PDF format)
Detailed outline of resources available to MBC researchers, both from MBC-exclusive datasets and from other sources.
News: Availability of Data
LIDS (immigrant landing data): MOU with Data Co-ordinators has not been finalized, so we do not yet have these data -- but they are expected soon.
Statistics Canada Core Tables from Census 2006: Part I now in the hands of Data Co-ordinators. Parts II and III expected soon.
Details on the Statistics Canada Core Tables
These tables can generally be used by MBC researchers, with some restrictions. They are
derived from the 2006 Census (the 20% sample, where respondents are given the "long form").
They must be used for MBC project purposes only, may not be copied, may not be placed on a server and must not be retained
beyond the period of intended use. A specialized "Beyond 20/20 Browser" is required to view the tables. This software can be
downloaded free of charge (consult your university data librarian or D. Baer).
In general, the Core Tables have more "depth" than tables that can be obtained from Statistics Canada web sites
via university libraries (that is, more variables in a single table).
Core Tables Part I The most detailed geogrpahic
identification in this table distinguishes among 55 areas, focusing on the major Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada (Moontreal, Toronto,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, St. John's, Halifax, Saint John and Ottawa-Gatineau. Other CMAs are not identified.
Within the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver CMAs, there are considerable distinctions (e.g., Metro Toronto is split into the former
communities of Scarborough, Toronto, East York, etc. and Vancouver into City of Vancouver east of Main Street/west of Main Streeet, Burnaby and New
Westminster, Richmond, Delta/Surrey etc.) -- sometimes at levels finer than Census Subdivision. Other variables include period
of immigration/generational status, labor force activity, class of worker (employee/self-emplyed/unpaid), NOC occupational classificaiton (15 category
version), Industry (21 category version), visible minority group (15 categories), visible minority/ethnic origin (43 categories).
Click here for more information on variables and codings.(requires PDF reader).
The LIDS dataset contains records for every immigrant "landing" in Canada, from 1980 to the present. Metropolis researchers can obtain access to LIDS data in two ways: 1) they can ask their Data Co-ordinator to extra tables for them
from the raw data file or 2) if this is insufficient, they can request direct access to the raw data (a copy). The conditions under which
raw data will be released to MBC researchers are highly restrictive: the data are distributed directly from CIC, the researcher must first consult
with the Data Co-ordinator to verify that needs cannot be met via the first method (asking the Co-ordinator for tables) and that the
needs are consistent with those stated in a funded MBC project, the researcher must sign a contract directly with CIC, the
researcher is only allowed access to the data for one year (in some cases, renewals may be possible) and agrees to destroy all copies
at the end of this period, and the researcher agrees to keep the data "encrypted", not to make copies, not to release to other researchers, etc.
They must also follow confidentiality protocols.
"Tables" that can be produced by the Data Co-ordinator from LIDS are not limited to two-way crosstabular tables. Other forms of
statistical analysis (using SPSS, SAS or STATA) may be possible, within limits.
List of Variables on LIDS datasets
Click here for information on variables. (requires PDF reader).