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Research Data Centre

  Research Data Centre

Research Data Centre


The Research Data Centre at McMaster is a member of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) that provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada’s microdata 'masterfiles'. The RDC is a secure facility/computer lab on campus. To use the centre researchers with approved projects must become "deemed employees" of Statistics Canada. The master files of a large number of Statistics Canada’s population, social, and health surveys, as well as the Census and administrative databases, are housed in the RDC.

Access is free of charge to all faculty, students and staff affiliated with McMaster. All work must be conducted in the RDC and only vetted output is released. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents, data in any form cannot be released or made accessible outside of the centre.

Core data files include the Canadian Community Healthy Survey (CCHS), the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), the Census (1991 to 2006), the 2011 National Household Survey and more. New data sets are regularly released including the Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR) and the Vital Statistics Database (VSD). For a complete list of data sets accessible through the RDC see the link below.