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Longitudinal Immigration Database updates: family income of children data and settlement services data

Released: 2020-07-20

The Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) integrates Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data to other administrative files. The data modules on immigrant children, which includes family income data during their childhood, and on settlement services have been updated, and are now available.

The data module on immigrant children provides data on the income of the parents of immigrant children. It allows researchers to study the association between childhood socioeconomic conditions and adulthood economic outcomes for immigrant children admitted since 1980. These data were used to create the table, released today, on 2017 economic outcomes of taxfiling immigrants admitted between 0 and 14 years of age compared with Canadian taxfilers by age at taxation, sex, admission category, period of admission, age group at admission, and low income status as a child, for Canada and the provinces.

The module on settlement services includes data on settlement services accessed by recent immigrants. These data from IRCC, integrated in the IMDB, cover services provided in Canada and prior to arrival since 2013.

  Note to readers

The release of the 2018 Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) was initially announced in The Daily on December 16, 2019.

For additional information regarding the data coverage and data quality of the IMDB, users should refer to the 2018 Longitudinal Immigration Database Technical Report. The IMDB was released in stages. Sections 2.2 and 7 of this report were revised to take the updates into account.


The modules of the 2018 Longitudinal Immigration Database on immigrant children (which includes family income data during their childhood) and on settlement services are available upon request.

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