1. Introduction

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Every January, the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) interview is conducted using computer-assisted interviewing (CAI). CAI is paperless interviewing. This document is therefore a written approximation of the CAI interview, or the questionnaire. The CAI process is as follows:

  1. A question appearing on the computer screen is read aloud to the respondent;
  2. The respondent's answer is directly entered by the interviewer;
  3. Based on the answer given, and/or age or other flow criterion, the computer determines the next question to be asked and displays it on the screen.

A preliminary interview of background information is collected for all respondents aged 16 and over who enter the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) sample. For the majority of the longitudinal respondents, this occurs when a new panel is introduced and the preliminary information is collected during the first labour and income interview. However, all persons living with a longitudinal respondent are also interviewed for SLID. Preliminary interviews are conducted for new household members (joiners) during their first labour and income interview after they join the household. Longitudinal persons who have turned 16 while their household is in the SLID sample are then eligible for SLID interviews so they are asked the preliminary interview questions during their first labour and income interview.

A labour and income interview is collected each year for all respondents 16 years of age and over. Respondents have the option of answering income questions during the interview, or of giving Statistics Canada permission to access their income tax records.

In January 2007, data was collected for reference year 2006 from panels 4 and 5. Panel 4, in its fifth year, consisted of approximately 17,000 households. Panel 5, in its second year, also consisted of approximately 20,000 households. This research paper presents the content of the 2007 preliminary, labour and income interview (for reference year 2006), including question wording, possible responses and flows of questions.