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UCASS (University and College Academic Staff System)


Statistics Canada is conducting a pilot project to provide access to the University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS) data base for 1970 to 2010.  The pilot project will give researchers access to these data in a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) and will aim to evaluate and improve confidentiality vetting rules and help to improve documentation for researchers.


The UCASS collects data on a wide range of socioeconomic characteristics that provide a detailed portrait of full-time university academic staff in Canada. The data collected include gender, age, principal subject taught, salary and administrative stipends, province or country of degrees earned, and academic rank.

The target population of this survey is full-time academic staff in public universities whose term of appointment is not less than 12 months. This includes all teaching staff within faculties who are full-time teachers, researchers and or senior academic staff, full-time academic staff in teaching hospitals, visiting academic staff in faculties, and full-time research staff who have an academic rank and salary similar to those of teaching staff. Other staff, such as administrative non-academic support staff, librarians, and teaching and research assistants, post-doctoral fellows are not included in the survey.

This mandatory survey is a census of all public universities in Canada; therefore, there is no sampling. The information is collected for each individual academic staff member employed by universities as of October 1 of the academic year.

Read the call for proposals for all details.