Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment. With the release of the survey results only 10 days after the completion of data collection, the LFS estimates are the first of the major monthly economic data series to be released. LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate.
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  • Data Visualization: 14-20-0001
    Description:

    The Canadian Labour Market Observatory consists of interactive data visualization applications showcasing the vast amount of publicly available labour market information. The fully interactive applications allow Canadians to quickly and easily personalize the information in a way that is relevant to them and their interests.

    Release date: 2023-01-26

  • Table: 36-10-0633-01
    Geography: Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description:

    This table contains experimental indexes of monthly provincial and territorial economic activity from January, 2002 to the present. The indexes are seasonally adjusted.

    Release date: 2023-01-16

  • Data Visualization: 14-20-00012018001
    Description:

    This interactive visualization application provides a comprehensive picture of the Canadian labour market using the most recent Labour Force Survey data available. The estimates are seasonally adjusted and available by province, sex, age group and industry. Historical estimates, going back 5 years, are also included for monthly employment changes and unemployment rates. The interactive application allows users to quickly and easily explore and personalize the information presented. Combine multiple provinces, sexes and age groups to create your own labour market domains of interest.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X20230063587
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Data Visualization: 71-607-X2017001
    Description:

    This web application provides access to Statistics Canada’s Labour Market Indicators for Canada, by province and by census metropolitan area. This dynamic application allows users to view geographical rankings for each labour market indicator and to create quick and easy reports with interactive maps and charts that can be easily copied into other programs. All provincial and CMA estimates used in this application are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Labour Force Survey data at the provincial level published each month in The Daily are seasonally adjusted monthly estimates.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Data Visualization: 71-607-X2017002
    Description:

    This web application provides access to Statistics Canada’s Labour Market Indicators for Canada, by province, territory and economic region (ER). This dynamic application allows users to view a snapshot of key labour market indicators, observe geographical rankings for each indicator using an interactive map and table, and easily copy data into other programs. The provincial and ER estimates used in this application from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are three-month moving averages, unadjusted for seasonality. The provincial, territorial and ER estimates used in this application from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) are quarterly data, unadjusted for seasonality. Historical estimates are available in this application, with data going back 10 years for the LFS and from the first quarter of 2016 for JVWS.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Public use microdata: 71M0001X
    Description:

    This public use microdata file (PUMF) contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products.

    This is a monthly file, and is available going back to 1976.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0017-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 282-0001)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by sex and detailed age group, last 5 months.
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0017-02
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by sex and detailed age group. Data are presented for 24 months earlier, 12 months earlier and current month, as well as 24-month and year-over-year level change and percentage change.
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0019-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 282-0003)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by educational attainment, sex and age group, last 5 months.
    Release date: 2023-01-06
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  • Data Visualization: 14-20-0001
    Description:

    The Canadian Labour Market Observatory consists of interactive data visualization applications showcasing the vast amount of publicly available labour market information. The fully interactive applications allow Canadians to quickly and easily personalize the information in a way that is relevant to them and their interests.

    Release date: 2023-01-26

  • Table: 36-10-0633-01
    Geography: Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description:

    This table contains experimental indexes of monthly provincial and territorial economic activity from January, 2002 to the present. The indexes are seasonally adjusted.

    Release date: 2023-01-16

  • Data Visualization: 14-20-00012018001
    Description:

    This interactive visualization application provides a comprehensive picture of the Canadian labour market using the most recent Labour Force Survey data available. The estimates are seasonally adjusted and available by province, sex, age group and industry. Historical estimates, going back 5 years, are also included for monthly employment changes and unemployment rates. The interactive application allows users to quickly and easily explore and personalize the information presented. Combine multiple provinces, sexes and age groups to create your own labour market domains of interest.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Data Visualization: 71-607-X2017001
    Description:

    This web application provides access to Statistics Canada’s Labour Market Indicators for Canada, by province and by census metropolitan area. This dynamic application allows users to view geographical rankings for each labour market indicator and to create quick and easy reports with interactive maps and charts that can be easily copied into other programs. All provincial and CMA estimates used in this application are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Labour Force Survey data at the provincial level published each month in The Daily are seasonally adjusted monthly estimates.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Data Visualization: 71-607-X2017002
    Description:

    This web application provides access to Statistics Canada’s Labour Market Indicators for Canada, by province, territory and economic region (ER). This dynamic application allows users to view a snapshot of key labour market indicators, observe geographical rankings for each indicator using an interactive map and table, and easily copy data into other programs. The provincial and ER estimates used in this application from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are three-month moving averages, unadjusted for seasonality. The provincial, territorial and ER estimates used in this application from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) are quarterly data, unadjusted for seasonality. Historical estimates are available in this application, with data going back 10 years for the LFS and from the first quarter of 2016 for JVWS.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Public use microdata: 71M0001X
    Description:

    This public use microdata file (PUMF) contains non-aggregated data for a wide variety of variables collected from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS collects monthly information on the labour market activities of Canada's working age population. This product is for users who prefer to do their own analysis by focusing on specific subgroups in the population or by cross-classifying variables that are not in our catalogued products.

    This is a monthly file, and is available going back to 1976.

    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0017-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 282-0001)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by sex and detailed age group, last 5 months.
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0017-02
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by sex and detailed age group. Data are presented for 24 months earlier, 12 months earlier and current month, as well as 24-month and year-over-year level change and percentage change.
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0019-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 282-0003)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Monthly
    Description: Number of persons in the labour force (employment and unemployment) and not in the labour force, unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate, by educational attainment, sex and age group, last 5 months.
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Table: 14-10-0020-01
    (formerly: CANSIM 282-0004)
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Annual
    Description: Unemployment rate, participation rate, and employment rate by educational attainment, sex and age group, last 5 years.
    Release date: 2023-01-06
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  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X20230063587
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2023-01-06

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202200100008
    Description:

    As the eighth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by 2030. This 2022 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the eighth Sustainable Development Goal in support of decent work and economic growth, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2022-12-13

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202200100010
    Description:

    As the tenth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to reduce inequalities within and among countries by 2030. This 2022 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the tenth Sustainable Development Goal in support of reduced inequalities, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2022-12-13

  • Journals and periodicals: 81-599-X
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    The fact sheets in this series provide an "at-a-glance" overview of particular aspects of education in Canada and summarize key data trends in selected tables published as part of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP).

    The PCEIP mission is to publish a set of statistical measures on education systems in Canada for policy makers, practitioners and the general public to monitor the performance of education systems across jurisdictions and over time. PCEIP is a joint venture of Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

    Release date: 2022-10-20

  • Articles and reports: 81-599-X2022001
    Description:

    This fact sheet examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NEET indicator by exploring monthly Labour Force Survey data, from 2019 to 2021, for youth in Canada and selected OECD countries aged 15 to 29. It explores the impact by age group, sex, province/territory and other characteristics.

    Release date: 2022-10-18

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202200100004
    Description:

    As the fourth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. This 2022 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the fourth Sustainable Development Goal in support of Quality Education, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2022-09-28

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202200100005
    Description:

    As the fifth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. This 2022 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the fifth Sustainable Development Goal in support of Gender Equality, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2022-09-28

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X202200100009
    Description:

    Full-time employment is an integral part of current financial well-being and can be linked to several other positive outcomes for workers. Using data from the Labour Force Survey, this article analyzes how women's full-time employment rates evolved from 2007 to 2021. It examines the extent to which aggregate statistics on full-time employment mask the distinct experiences of diverse groups of women-namely Indigenous, immigrant and Canadian-born women.

    Release date: 2022-09-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202226936184
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2022-09-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022058
    Description:

    Full-time employment is an integral part of financial well-being and can be linked to several other positive outcomes for workers. This infographic looks at women's full-time employment rates in Canada and how it has changed from 2007 to 2021. It uses data from the Labour Force Survey to examine the distinct experiences of diverse groups of women, including Indigenous women, immigrant women and non-Indigenous women born in Canada.

    Release date: 2022-09-26
Reference (11)

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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 81-582-G
    Description: This handbook complements the tables of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). It is a guide that provides general descriptions for each indicator and indicator component. PCEIP has five broad indicator sets: a portrait of the school-age population; financing education systems; elementary and secondary education; postsecondary education; and transitions and outcomes.

    The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) is a joint venture of Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

    Release date: 2022-10-18

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71F0031X2021001
    Description:

    This paper introduces and explains modifications made to the Labour Force Survey estimates in January 2021. Some of these modifications include the adjustment of all LFS estimates to reflect population counts based on the 2016 Census and includes updates to 2016 Geography classification system.

    Release date: 2021-01-25

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71F0031X
    Description:

    This paper introduces and explains modifications made to the Labour Force Survey estimates.

    Release date: 2021-01-25

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71-543-G
    Description:

    The Guide to the Labour Force Survey contains a dictionary of concepts and definitions and covers topics such as survey methodology, data collection, data processing and data quality. It also contains information on products and services, sub-provincial geography descriptions as well as the survey questionnaire.

    Release date: 2020-04-09

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 75-005-M2019001
    Description:

    The production of statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) involves many activities, one of which is data processing. This step involves the verification and correction of survey data when required in order to produce microdata files. Beginning in January 2019, LFS processing will be transitioned to a new system, the Social Survey Processing Environment. This document describes the development and testing that preceded the implementation of the new system, and demonstrates that the transition is expected to have minimal impact on LFS estimates and be transparent to users of LFS data.

    Release date: 2019-02-08

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71-526-X
    Description:

    The Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment. Following the 2011 census, the LFS underwent a sample redesign to account for the evolution of the population and labour market characteristics, to adjust to changes in the information needs and to update the geographical information used to carry out the survey. The redesign program following the 2011 census culminated with the introduction of a new sample at the beginning of 2015. This report is a reference on the methodological aspects of the LFS, covering stratification, sampling, collection, processing, weighting, estimation, variance estimation and data quality.

    Release date: 2017-12-21

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 75-005-M2016001
    Description:

    In over 70 years, the methodology and questionnaire, as well as the collection and processing techniques of the Canadian Labour Force Survey have undergone major changes. This document summarizes these changes chronologically and provides references to more detailed information sources. Among the most significant changes were two questionnaire redesigns, which occurred approximately 20 years apart, in 1976 and 1997.

    Release date: 2017-01-06

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71-544-X
    Description:

    This catalogue briefly describes all Labour Force Survey products offered on a monthly, annual and occasional basis. It includes products, uses, general release dates, formats available and prices, as well as special request services and Internet services. It also introduces any changes to products.

    Release date: 2012-07-06

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 71F0031X2011001
    Description:

    This paper introduces and explains modifications made to the Labour Force Survey estimates in January 2011. Some of these modifications include the adjustment of all LFS estimates to reflect population counts based on the 2006 Census and updates to industry, occupation and geography classification systems.

    Release date: 2011-01-28

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 12-592-X
    Geography: Canada
    Description:

    This reference document presents an overview of the different questions used by Statistics Canada to identify Aboriginal peoples. It is divided into three parts. Part one is a brief description of the data sources and their limitations. Part 2 deals with the 2006 census questions used to identify Aboriginal peoples while Part 3 deals with the identification questions used in the Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) and the Aboriginal Children's Survey (ACS).

    Release date: 2007-06-07
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