Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) Technical Report, 2016 - ARCHIVED

Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 11-633-X2018019


The Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) is a comprehensive source of data that plays a key role in the understanding of the economic behaviour of immigrants. It is the only annual Canadian dataset that allows users to study the characteristics of immigrants to Canada at the time of admission and their economic outcomes and regional (inter-provincial) mobility over a time span of more than 30 years. The IMDB combines administrative files on immigrant admissions and non-permanent resident permits from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with tax files from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Information is available for immigrant taxfilers admitted since 1980. Tax records for 1982 and subsequent years are available for immigrant taxfilers. This report will discuss the IMDB data sources, concepts and variables, record linkage, data processing, dissemination, data evaluation and quality indicators, comparability with other immigration datasets, and the analyses possible with the IMDB.

Issue Number: 2018019
Author(s): Evra, Rose; Prokopenko, Elena
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  • Correction: July 11, 2019

    Section 3.4.1 of the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) Technical Report, 2016 was updated. A new section (7.6) on the quality assessment of the Province of residence variable (PRCO_) was added, this section includes a new table.

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  • Correction: January 11, 2019

    A new section ( was added. Figures of table 14 from the English were updated.