The 1 Million Difference

The number of temporary residents (TR) working in Canada is growing; however, policymakers are in the dark due to a large difference in data estimates.

Information from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not match up on the labour supply contribution of Canada’s TR population – workers, students and asylum claimants who have been authorized legally to enter Canada for temporary purposes through work permits, study visas or temporary resident visas.