How do I access the RDC data sets?

Researchers and students who wish to access the RDC data sets must submit an application for approval of their project. 

Step 1: Draft a project proposal.

Step 2: Complete the online application form through the Statistics Canada Microdata Access Portal. Guidelines and instructions can be found here

Step 3: Evaluation of the proposal by Statistics Canada Subject Matter Expert for scientific merit and viability.

Step 4: Complete the security screening process including fingerprinting. Contact the RDC for security screening application forms and instructions. 

Step 5: Sign a Microdata Research Contract with Statistics Canada and take the Oath or Affirmation of Office and Secrecy.

Step 6: Once your project is completed, submit a product/output as specified in the Contract.

For more information about the application process, visit Statistics Canada.


Which data sets are available?

The RDC offers access to a wide range of national data sets that may be of interest to researchers and students. This includes: 

  • Health-related surveys
  • Disability-related surveys
  • Social-related surveys
  • Population-related surveys
  • Business and economic-related data sets
 A complete list of available data sets can be found at Statistics Canada.