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Where to access data

The numbers of Research Data Centres (RDCs) and branches has grown steadily over the year, and researchers now have access to over 30 facilities 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 March 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 - Concordia branch

    Opened in January 2006, 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). It opened its doors in October 2004.

  • QICSS - UQAM-INRS branch

    Opened in October 2005 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  The main infrastructure is located on the campus of the University of Montreal but researchers can also access data through four affiliated branches on the campus of UQÀM, Sherbrooke, McGill, and Laval universities. The UdeM lab opened its doors in April 2001.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

    The Queen's RDC has been serving researchers since August 2005. We provide access to 15 workstations for 22.5 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 university, and 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.

  • Toronto RDC - Nipissing branch

    This facility is located on the campus of Nipissing University and is affiliated to the Toronto Regional RDC.

  • 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.

  • Regina RDC

    The Regina RDC is located in Innovation Place at the University of Regina. The facility has approximately 1,600 square feet in space, with an anteroom, a main lab housing nine workstations, a Saskatchewan government research office housing two workstations, a meeting room and the RDC Analyst’s office. The RDC is funded by a joint-partnership between the University of Regina and the Government of Saskatchewan.

  • 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 main office is located on the Bannatyne campus. A satellite office is also available at the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing (Fort Garry campus). Each of the sites contain several workstations, as well as a meeting room. All workstations are supplied with statistical software (SAS, STATA, SPSS, R). Users are expected to be familiar with the statistical software they are using prior to accessing the data sets.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Opened in 2011, this facility is located on the University of Lethbridge campus and is affiliated with the Prairie Regional RDC, with whom we work closely. The analysts at PRRDC in Calgary supervise the Lethbridge branch and conduct all vetting.

  • Saskatchewan RDC (SKY RDC)

    The Saskatchewan RDC (SKYRDC) 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 - Northern British Columbia branch

    The UNBC Research Data Centre provides Northern BC researchers with the opportunity to access and analyse detailed microdata from an increasing array of survey, census and administrative data.  The branch Research Data Centre at UNBC ([email protected]) is affiliated with the British Columbia Inter-University Research Data Centre (BCIRDC).

  • BCI RDC - Okanagan branch

    This facility is located on the Okanagan campus and is affiliated to the British Colombia Interuniversity RDC (BCI-RDC).

  • BCI RDC - Simon Fraser branch

    This facility is located on the campus of Simon Fraser University and is affiliated to the British 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. The main RDC is located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, with branches on its Okanagan campus, as well as at Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia.