Canadian Legal Problems Survey Public Use Microdata File

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Release date: March 30, 2022Correction date: June 7, 2022

Correction Notice

The sample design and response rates section of the User Guide for the Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) has been revised.

This public use microdata file is from the 2021 Canadian Legal Problems Survey. It includes information on the types of legal problems experienced by Canadians in the three years preceding the survey, on actions taken to try to resolve those serious problems, and on the costs and impacts of the most serious problem on the lives of Canadians.

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 were not the focus of our release in The Daily.

For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): Canadian Legal Problems Survey.

Occasionally, files such as these require updates. Please re-visit this page to verify if more recent versions are available.

Reference period 2021: CSV | SAS | SPSS | STATA

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About PUMFs

Downloading a Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) allows you to conduct your own analysis. The microdata file is in CSV or TXT format.

The zip file contains the data file and the associated documentation such as user guides, codebooks, layout cards or syntax files.

PUMFs consist of sets of records containing information on individuals or households (microdata). They are non-aggregated data that are carefully modified, then reviewed to ensure that no individual or business is directly or indirectly identified.

PUMFs are microdata files that require specialized statistical software in order to read, manipulate, and analyze the dataset. The software is used to combine the microdata and metadata to create a file for analysis.

Statistics Canada Open Licence governs the use of PUMFs.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300;

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