Doug Baer's Metropolis Web Page

Resources for MBC Researchers

This page is still under construction. Watch for updates

Key Details:

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.

Contact Information

Office: Rm. A365 Cornett Building, University of Victoria
Phone: (250) 721-7581 (or cell: 250-418-5420) Email:

Statistics Canada Poster, providing details on Key Datasets, from 2009 Metropolis conference in Calgary (PDF format)

Data Presentation to Metropolis Retreat, Fall 2009 (Powerpoint/Office 2007 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).

    LIDS data

    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).