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Where to access data

Researchers now have access to 28 Research Data Centres (RDC) and branches located on as many university campus across the country.

  • Atlantic RDC

    The Atlantic RDC (ARDC) is an inter-university facility serving researchers from Dalhousie University (DAL), Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU), St. Mary's University (SMU), Acadia University, and the University of PEI (UPEI). The centre was officially opened on May 28th, 2002.

    In addition to offering a facility to access and process data, ARDC regularly hosts methodological workshops, brown bag lunches, graduate-level courses in social analysis of complex survey data, and seminars on a wide array of topics.

  • NB-RDC (New Brunswick RDC)

    The New Brunswick Research Data Centre (NB-RDC) was one of the first RDCs to commence operations, in 2001. More than 250 researchers have accessed it since then. The NB-RDC enjoys a close relationship with its partner the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network as well as with the Government of New Brunswick.

    Branches are now open at the Université de Moncton and Memorial University.

  • NB-RDC - Memorial branch

    Memorial University's Research Data Centre (RDC) opened in the summer of 2013. Located in Room 3017C of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, the RDC is a branch of the New Brunswick RDC and provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada population and household survey microdata in a secure university setting.

  • NB-RDC - Moncton branch

    The facility, located on the campus of the University of Moncton, was opened in 2012 and is affiliated with the New Brunswick RDC (NB-RDC).

  • QICSS - Laval branch

    Opened in February 2005, this facility is located on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City. It is one of the four branches affiliated to the Quebec interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS).

  • QICSS - McGill branch

    This facility is located on the campus of McGill University and is attached to the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS). Its creation was made possible by a Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change awarded to Céline Le Bourdais in the Fall of 2004 along with a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

  • QICSS - Sherbrooke branch

    Located on the campus of Sherbrooke University, this facility is one of the four branches affiliated to the Quebec interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS).

  • QICSS - UQAM-INRS branch

    Open in January 2006 in collaboration with the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), this facility is located on the campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).  It is one the four branches affiliated to the Quebec interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS).

  • Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS)

    Created in 2001, the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) serves the whole research community in Quebec. In addition to Statistics Canada's, the QICSS provides access to theInstitut de la statistique du Québec surveys (through the CADRISQ).

  • Carleton, Ottawa, Outaouais RDC (COOL-RDC)

    The COOL RDC is a the sole inter-provincial facility in the CRDCN, with three university partners in Ontario and Quebec: Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

    In operation since 2005, the COOL RDC is a bilingual centre located in the Morisset Library at the University of Ottawa. There are currently 12 workstations available to researchers.

  • Federal RDC

    The Federal Research Data Centre (FRDC) was established, in Ottawa, in response to a growing demand for access to detailed micro data for analytical purposes in the federal departments. The FRDC gives federal employees access to selected detailed micro data collected by Statistics Canada.

  • McMaster RDC

    The McMaster RDC was the first to open its doors in December 2000. Twelve workstations are currently available to researchers.

  • Queen's RDC

    Queen’s Research Data Centre (QRDC) has been serving researchers since August 2005. The QRDC provides access to 10 workstations for 18.75 hours per week.

    Since opening, the QRDC has been accessed by over 170 researchers, and has contributed to a wide range of presentations, graduate theses, refereed articles, book chapters, and working papers. It is managed by Queen’s University Library, in collaboration with the Office of Research Services and Queen’s University Information Technology Services.

  • South-Western Ontario RDC (SWO-RDC)

    The South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre (SWO-RDC) is located on the campus of the University of Waterloo. In addition to that university, it serves researchers from Wilfrid Laurier universities.

    A branch was opened at Guelph University in 2011.

  • SWO-RDC - Guelph branch

    This branch is located on the campus of the University of Guelph and is affiliated to the South-Western Ontario RDC (SWO-RDC). Opened in the fall 2011, there are currently four work stations available to researchers.

  • Toronto RDC

    The Toronto RDC, open since 2001, is a secure research facility set up for the express purpose of enabling social science, health and policy researchers to analyze Statistics Canada's master longitudinal, panel and cross-sectional survey data.

    Since its inception, hundreds of research projects have been completed, leading to the publication of numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, reports and working papers. The Toronto RDC houses 25 workstations, as well as printing facilities, lockers, a conference room with workstation and projector, and an Internet Room.

  • Toronto RDC - York branch

    This facility is located on the campus of York University and is affiliated to the Toronto RDC. It is funded by the office of York University's Vice President of Research and Innovation (VPRI), SSHRC, CIHR, and managed by York University's Institute for Social Research.

  • University of Western Ontario RDC (UWO-RDC)

    The UWO-RDC opened at Western University in 2004 and a branch was opened at the University of Windsor in 2010. There are currently eight work stations available to researchers.

    Since 2008, the UWO-RDC publishes a Statistics and Data Series that promotes enhancement of technical skills and holds brown bag luncheons to showcase research done at the RDC.

  • UWO-RDC - Windsor branch

    This facility is located on the campus of the University of Windsor and is affiliated to the University of Western Ontario RDC (UWO-RDC). Opened in the 2010, there are currently four work stations available to researchers.

  • Alberta RDC

    The Alberta RDC is located on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Researchers can presently access 8 workstations. It is advisable to book ahead, to ensure avaliablity, by contacting the analyst by phone or email.

  • Manitoba RDC

    The Manitoba RDC is located on the University of Manitoba campus and serves the entire post-secondary system in Manitoba as well as researchers from provincial government agencies and NGOs.

    It offers a comprehensive research environment in which to access and analyze microdata with a closed local area network consisting of a powerful Microsoft server that supports 12 workstations. Each of the workstations has a range of statistical analysis and word processing software available.

    A branch in Yellowknife will open in 2013 to accommodate northern researchers.

  • Prairie Regional RDC

    The Prairie Regional Research Data Centre (PRRDC) was established in 2001, along with eight other RDCs, under the terms of a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The principal investigator for that grant was Dr. Paul Bernard of the University of Montreal, with Dr. Richard Wanner representing the University of Calgary as a co-investigator. Since the Calgary RDC was initially the only Centre in the prairie provinces, it was named the Prairie Regional RDC, although Centres haves since been established at the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

  • Prairie Regional RDC - Lethbridge branch

    Recently opened, this facility is located on the campus of the University of Lethbridge and is affiliated to the Prairie Regional RDC. There are currently four computers available for researchers.

    For bookings, please email us your request or check out Skedda for a specific workstation availability.

  • Saskatchewan RDC

    The Saskatchewan RDC (SKY-RDC) is a provincial resource made possible by a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Health Quality Council.

  • BCI-RDC - Simon Fraser branch

    This facility is located on the campus of Simon Fraser University and is affiliated to the Brisitish Colombia Interuniversity RDC (BCI-RDC).

  • BCI-RDC - Victoria branch

    This facility is located on the campus of the University of Victoria and is affiliated to the BCI-RDC. It was opened in the summer of 2006 to alleviate the enormous travel time burden faced by University of Victoria researchers attempting to do their work by making the 4-5 hour ferry and car/bus trip to Vancouver.

  • British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre (BCI-RDC)

    The British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre (BCI-RDC) is an interuniversity research facility involving Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. The main infrastructure is located at UBC with branches at Simon Fraser and Victoria.

  • Manitoba RDC - Yellowknife branch

    Located within the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, the Yellowknife Branch opened in 2015 to serve Northern researchers with their data needs. It is affiliated with the Manitoba RDC. It provides access to detailed microdata from Statistics Canada’s surveys, Canadian Census data, as well as an increasing number of administrative data sets. The Yellowknife Branch RDC also promotes the use of data through associated training and resources, and can assist in the dissemination of research results.