Our Data

Actionable insights on the Canadian workforce.

Historically, you’ve had two main options for accessing employment data in Canada. You can get solid, detailed geographic data from the census, which is released once every five years (and two years late), or you can go with high-level province data from the SEPH or the LFS, which gives you data for every year but provides no detailed regional information.

Emsi solves the problem. Taking advantage of the strengths of these sources, we harmonize them to create a single, complete picture so you can look at detailed, up-to-date employment data. We present the forest and the trees—every year.

Different Sources, Different Pictures

Census data, collected every five years, isn’t released until another two years after that, which means that your only option for more recent data is to use the SEPH and LFS datasets. The trouble is that their numbers are available only at a provincial level; you can see the big picture as it is today, or the details as they were two years ago.

On top of that, the datasets often speak different languages that researchers must translate in order to compare them. Industry and occupation codes change from Census to Census and even year to year—plus, the geographies that the data describes are perpetually subject to redefinition. It’s hard to be sure that the limits of the Census Division you’re studying were the same five years ago as they are now!

Why Emsi Data?

Geographically Precise

Emsi data brings the various snapshots of the Canadian economy together in a single picture. First, we align the geographies of the data from 2001 to the present, which means the Toronto of 2001 is the same as the Toronto of 2015. Then we fuse the SEPH, LFS and Census data so that their strengths and weaknesses balance each other. All this results in geographically detailed data (down to the Census Subdivision level) that is applicable to today’s economy.

Detailed. Current. Forward-looking.

Emsi data is remarkably detailed, giving you information on 305 industry classifications using the NAICS system and 522 occupations from Statistics Canada’s NOC-S classification system in over 4,300 integrated geographical areas. The data is updated twice a year so that our users have the most current information possible. And to top it all off, we add 10-year projections based on the CBP data so that you have an idea of the future alongside the past and present.

Single Source

No need to jump between government sites and data providers—we offer a full suite of traditional, real-time, and skills data.

Unified Data

Our Data Sources

  • Canadian Business Patterns (CBP)
  • 2001, 2006, and 2011 Census data
  • Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours (SEPH)
  • Labour Force Surveys (LFS)
  • Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)
  • CANSIM Demographics
  • Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) Education Data

Our Data Outputs

  • Business location size distribution by region
  • Earnings data for employees by industry and occupation
  • Earnings data by class of worker
  • Employment data for employees and self employed by industry and occupation
  • Historic and projected age and gender component data at the Census Division level
  • Staffing patterns for industries and inverse staffing patterns for occupation
  • Education programs and completions at every geographic level

What Does It Include?

Our labour market analytics allow you to drill down on any industry, occupation, and postsecondary educational program in your region.

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