Application process and guidelines

There are two application streams:

  1. Researchers affiliated with a federal government department
  2. Researchers not affiliated with a federal government department

Note: Only research projects that are not descriptive in nature will be considered by the CDER. Anyone requiring custom tabulations should contact the appropriate subject-matter division at Statistics Canada.

Researchers affiliated with a federal government department

This category includes researchers from the federal government departments and agencies listed in Schedule I and Schedule IV of the Financial Administration Act, as well as researchers from the Bank of Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Steps:

Step 1: Draft a proposal and send it by email to the CDER at statcan.cder-cdre.statcan@canada.ca.

Step 2: Have your assistant deputy minister approve the project by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Send the signed MOU to statcan.cder-cdre.statcan@canada.ca.

Step 3: Your proposal will be reviewed by CDER employees and an internal Statistics Canada committee.

Step 4: Project researchers must undergo a security screening.

Step 5: Each researcher on an approved project must take the Oath of Office in Section 6(1) of the Statistics Act to be deemed an employee of Statistics Canada for the duration of the project.

Step 6: Sign a Microdata Research Contract The approved researchers will also sign a Microdata Research Contract.

Step 7: Present the research findings at a seminar, conference or workshop to be held at Statistics Canada.

Researchers NOT affiliated with a federal government department

Researchers must receive accreditation from the CDER to carry out their project. Accreditation is done on a project-by-project basis. The application for accreditation is submitted and processed with the project submission.

Steps:

Step 1: Draft a proposal and send it by email to statcan.cder-cdre.statcan@canada.ca. The CDER management will review the draft proposal. Researchers will be advised of the next steps by email.

Step 2: Prepare and submit the project application to the CDER. Some of the documents to include are the draft proposal with any suggested changes from the CDER management, a summary of how project costs will be covered and the application for accreditation.

Step 3: Unless your project is funded by an official granting agency (Social Science and Humanities Research Council, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council or Canadian Institutes of Health Research), your proposal will be reviewed by CDER management and a committee of external experts appointed by the internal Statistics Canada committee. The project must receive final approval from the internal Statistics Canada committee.

Step 4: Project researchers must undergo a security screening and provide a letter of acknowledgement from their employer. For a copy of the security screening forms and an example of letter of acknowledgment, please contact us at statcan.cder-cdre.statcan@canada.ca.

Step 5: Each researcher on an approved project must take the Oath of Office in Section 6(1) of the Statistics Act to be deemed an employee of Statistics Canada for the duration of their project.

Step 6: Sign a Microdata Research Contract. The approved researcher will also sign a Microdata Research Contract.

Step 7: Present the research findings at a seminar, conference or workshop to be held at Statistics Canada, and produce a paper that may be published in one of Statistics Canada's working paper series.

Application timeframe: The application process should take approximately 3 months.

For more information contact CDER.

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