The CIMI Methodology

The Canadian Index on Measuring Integration (CIMI) is a data driven index measuring the integration of immigrants into Canadian society.

Optimizing Canadian data sets

The CIMI analysis of immigrant integration is based on various data sets from Statistics Canada that include the Canadian Census, the Canadian Community Health Survey, and numerous cycles of the General Social Survey and Ethnic Diversity Survey.

Our Approach

The CIMI takes a comprehensive approach, using up-to-date datasets, examining factors within the key dimensions of integration (i.e. economic, social, health, and civic and political).

The selection of indicators is guided by both conceptual and methodological considerations based on a literature review and recommendations by our Expert Advisory Committee.

The CIMI examines various integration-related outcomes while adjusting for socio-demographic differences between the immigrant and Canadian-born population. It uses descriptive data to demonstrate differences or gaps between immigrants and non-immigrants per indicator, which offers snapshots of integration trends for Canadian geographies at a specific point in time.