Measuring the gig economy in Canada using administrative data

This study identifies platform workers based on characteristics of their work arrangements and how these are reported in tax data. It introduces a definition of platform work specific to the way work arrangements are reported in the Canadian tax system and estimates the size of the platform economy in Canada using administrative data. The share of platform workers among all workers rose from 5.5% in 2005 to 8.2% in 2016. Some of this increase coincided with the introduction and proliferation of online platforms. The analysis highlights gender differences in the trends and characteristics of platform workers. By linking administrative data to 2016 Census microdata, this study also examines educational and occupational differences in the prevalence of platform workers.

Jeon SH., Liu H. and Ostrovsky Y. (2019), ‘Measuring the gig economy in Canada using administrative data’, Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper.


  • Research publication
  • Canada
  • Yes
  • work organisation
  • English
  • Quantitative research
  • 2019
  • Open access
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