Access Requirements

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Statistics Canada provides access to a wide variety of social, economic and health data through the RDC program. A complete list of available datasets can be reviewed via the RDC program's dataset index.  

How to apply

University of Guelph researchers must submit a project proposal (regardless of discipline of research) to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada in order to access files in the BRDC. Individuals or research teams may apply.

The application steps and guidelines are set out by Statistics Canada's Research Data Centre Program.

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Before applying...

Before submitting an application for access to an RDC, applicants must demonstrate that their research cannot be adequately conducted using Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs). These PUMF files are available for teaching and research purposes through the Data Liberation Initiative. Locally, the University of Guelph's Data Resource Centre provides access through the odesi data portal.


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