I have had a request for the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB), and the Landed Immigrant Data system (LIDS); beyond some messages in the archives dating back to 2000, plus the product page in the online catalogue, I can find nothing else about the
IMDB, and nothing at all about LIDS. Can anyone enlighten me? A MSW student here is enquiring about access.
1. The IMDB/LIDS data are not in the DLI access silo, but in the CERIS access silo. Your user will need to become a CERIS accredited researcher in order to use them:
2. IMDB is controlled by a group including provincal/federal gov’t depts and various researchers. It was proposed for access by DLI but this was opposed by SOME of the provincial reps. I am not sure why. It may have to do with ‘who pays’ (it is a cost recovery project) or they may be concerned about other things. At one time we thought that a lobbying effort by the DLI institiutions might sway their thinking but I am not sure about it these days.