Data sets and research tools

RDCs (The Research data centres) provide both short descriptions and detailed documentation about the data sets that are available for analysis in the RDC. The program also provides analytical and methodological research tools to assist researchers.

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Surveys available in the RDCs

The following data sets are currently available at the RDCs. For additional sources of data please refer to Statistics Canada Products and Services.

To read a short description about a specific survey used at the RDCs, click on the survey details.

To access detailed documentation on a specific survey used at the RDCs, click on the appropriate cycle or year. Many of the surveys below have multiple cycles. The links below will take you to the most recent cycle or wave released. Please select "Other reference period" in the "Definitions, Data Sources and Methods Pages" for links to documentation for the earlier cycles.

RDC surveys list
Table summary
This table displays the results of RDC surveys list. The information is grouped by Record number (appearing as row headers), Survey name and Acronym (appearing as column headers).
Record number Survey name Acronym
5108 Aboriginal Children's Survey
ACS 2006
ACS
3250 Aboriginal Peoples Survey
APS 1991
APS 2001
APS 2006
APS 2012
APS
3879 Adult Education and Training Survey
ATS 1985
AETS 1991
AETS 1993
AETS 1997
AETS 2002
AETS
5189 Barriers to Care for People with Chronic Health Conditions
BCPCHC 2012
BCPCHC
4430 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating
CSGVP 2004
CSGVP 2007
CSGVP 2010
CSGVP
3207 Canadian Cancer Registry
CCR 
CCR
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Annual Component
CCHS 2000-2001 (cycle 1.1)
CCHS 2003 (cycle 2.1)
CCHS 2005 (cycle 3.1)
CCHS 2007 (cycle 4.1)
CCHS 2007-2008
CCHS 2008
CCHS 2009
CCHS 2009-2010
CCHS 2010
CCHS 2011
CCHS 2011-2012
CCHS 2012
CCHS 2013
CCHS 2013-2014
CCHS 2014
CCHS
5146 Canadian Community Health Survey - Healthy Aging
CCHS 2008-2009 (Healthy Aging Cognition Component)
CCHS 2008-2009 (Healthy Aging Main Component)
CCHS
5015 Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health
CCHS 2002 (Mental Health and Well-being, cycle 1.2)
CCHS 2012 (Mental Health, cycle 5.2)
CCHS
5084 Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health and Well-being - Canadian Forces
CCHS 2002 (Mental Health and Well-being - Canadian Forces, cycle 1.2)
CCHS-CF
N/A Canadian Community Health Survey - Neurological Conditions Prevalence Files
CCHS 2010-2011 (Neurological Conditions Prevalence Files)
CCHS
5049 Canadian Community Health Survey - Nutrition - General Health (including Vitamin & Mineral Supplements) & 24-Hour Dietary Recall Components
CCHS 2004 (Nutrition - General Health (including Vitamin & Mineral Supplements) & 24-Hour Dietary Recall Components, cycle 2.2)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on food skills - knowledge, planning and transference of skills
CCHS 2012 (Rapid response on food skills - knowledge, planning and transference of skills)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on food skills - mechanical skills and food conceptualization
CCHS 2013 (Rapid response on food skills - mechanical skills and food conceptualization)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on infertility
CCHS 2009-2010 (Rapid response on infertility)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on neighbourhood environment
CCHS 2011 (Rapid response on neighbourhood environment)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on osteoporosis
CCHS 2009 (Rapid response on osteoporosis)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on prescription drug expenses
CCHS 2007 (Rapid response on prescription drug expenses)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on sleep apnea
CCHS 2009 (Rapid response on sleep apnea)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on stigma and mental health experiences
CCHS 2012 (Rapid response on stigma and mental health experiences)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response on the awareness, use and understanding of Canada's Food Guide
CCHS 2012 (Rapid response on the awareness, use and understanding of Canada's Food Guide)
CCHS
3226 Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid response, Everyday Discrimination Scale
CCHS 2013 (Rapid response, Everyday Discrimination Scale)
CCHS
5159 Canadian Financial Capability Survey
CFCS 2008
CFCS 2014
CFCS
5084 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey
CFMHS 2013
CFMHS
5071 Canadian Health Measures Survey
CHMS 2007-2009 (cycle 1)
CHMS 2009-2011 (cycle 2)
CHMS 2012-2013 (cycle 3)
CHMS
5144 Canadian Household Panel Survey
CHPS 2008
CHPS
5200 Canadian Income Survey
CIS 2012
CIS
4432 Canadian Internet Use Survey
CIUS 2005
CIUS 2007
CIUS 2009
CIUS 2010
CIUS 2012
CIUS
5206 Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being
CSEW 2013
CSEW
5138 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care
CSE-PHC 2007-2008
CSE-PHC
3251 Canadian Survey on Disability
CSD 2012
CSD
4440 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey
CTADS 2013
CTADS
4440 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey
CTUMS 1999
CTUMS 2000
CTUMS 2001
CTUMS 2002
CTUMS 2003
CTUMS 2004
CTUMS 2005
CTUMS 2006
CTUMS 2007
CTUMS 2008
CTUMS 2009
CTUMS 2010
CTUMS 2011
CTUMS 2012
CTUMS
3901

Census of Population
Census of Population 1911
Census of Population 1921
Census of Population 1931
Census of Population 1941
Census of Population 1951
Census of Population 1971
Census of Population 1976
Census of Population 1981
Census of Population 1986
Census of Population 1991
Census of Population 1996
Census of Population 2001
Census of Population 2006
Census of Population 2011

Census
N/A Canadian Census Cohort Mortality and Cancer Follow-up Study 1991-2001
CCC-MCFS 1991
MCFS
5185 Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey
CNICS 2011
CNICS
5201 Community Noise and Health Study (CNHS)
CNHS 2013
CNHS
4428 Employment Insurance Coverage Survey
EICS 1997
EICS 1998
EICS 1999
EICS 2000
EICS 2001
EICS 2002
EICS 2003
EICS 2004
EICS 2005
EICS 2006
EICS 2007
EICS 2008
EICS 2009
EICS 2010
EICS 2012
EICS 2013
EICS
4508 Ethnic Diversity Survey
EDS 2002
EDS
3503 Food Expenditure Survey
FES 1996
FES 2001
FES
5066 Future to Discover Project
FTD 2004-2005 (cycle 2)
FTD
4505 General Social Survey - Access to and Use of Information Communication Technology
GSS cycle 14 (2000)
GSS
4502 General Social Survey - Caregiving and Care Receiving
GSS cycle 11 (1996)
GSS cycle 16 (2002)
GSS cycle 21 (2007)
GSS cycle 26 (2012)
GSS
4500 General Social Survey - Education, Work and Retirement
GSS cycle 4 (1989)
GSS cycle 9 (1994)
GSS
4501 General Social Survey - Family
GSS cycle 5 (1990)
GSS cycle 10 (1995)
GSS cycle 15 (2001)
GSS cycle 20 (2006)
GSS cycle 25 (2011)
GSS
4430 General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating
GSS GVP cycle 27 (2013)
GSS GVP
3894 General Social Survey - Health
GSS cycle 1 (1985)
GSS cycle 6 (1991)
GSS
5024 General Social Survey - Social Networks
GSS cycle 17 (2003)
GSS cycle 22 (2008)
GSS cycle 27 (2013)
GSS
4503 General Social Survey - Time Use
GSS cycle 2 (1986)
GSS cycle 7 (1992)
GSS cycle 12 (1998)
GSS cycle 19 (2005)
GGS cycle 24 (2010)
GSS
4504 General Social Survey - Victimization
GSS cycle 3 (1988)
GSS cycle 8 (1993)
GSS cycle 13 (1999)
GSS cycle 18 (2004)
GSS cycle 23 (2009)
GSS cycle 23 (2009 - North)
GSS
8011 General Social Survey Historical Database
GSS cycle 1-20 (1985 – 2006)
GSS
3251 Health and Activity Limitation Survey: Household Component
HALS 1986
HALS 1991
HALS
N/A Postal Code Conversion File
PCCF (Starting from April 2007)
PCCF
N/A Postal Code Conversion File Plus
PCCF+ (Starting from July 2002)
PCCF+
3828 Health Promotion Survey
HPS 1985
HPS
5002 Health Services Access Survey
HSAS 2001 (cycle 1.1)
HSAS 2001 (cycle 2.1)
HSAS
3506 Household Facilities by Income and Other Characteristics
HIFE 1976
HIFE 1977
HIFE 1978
HIFE 1979
HIFE 1980
HIFE 1981
HIFE 1982
HIFE 1983
HIFE 1984
HIFE 1985
HIFE 1986
HIFE 1987
HIFE 1988
HIFE 1989
HIFE 1990
HIFE 1991
HIFE 1992
HIFE 1993
HIFE 1994
HIFE 1995
HIFE 1996
HIFE 1997
HIFE
3881 Households and the Environment Survey
HES 2006
HES 2007
HES 2009
HES 2011
HES
5051 Information and Communications Technologies in Schools Survey
ICTSS 2003-2004
ICTSS
4406 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey
IALSS 2003
IALSS
4406 International Adult Literacy Survey
IALS 1994
IALS
5070 International Survey of Reading Skills
ISRS 2004-2005
ISRS
5117 International Youth Survey
IYS 2006
IYS
3701

Labour Force Survey
LFS 1976
LFS 1977
LFS 1978
LFS 1979
LFS 1980
LFS 1981
LFS 1982
LFS 1983
LFS 1984
LFS 1985
LFS 1986
LFS 1987
LFS 1988
LFS 1989
LFS 1990
LFS 1991
LFS 1992
LFS 1993
LFS 1994
LFS 1995
LFS 1996
LFS 1997
LFS 1998
LFS 1999
LFS 2000
LFS 2001
LFS 2002
LFS 2003
LFS 2004
LFS 2005
LFS 2006
LFS 2007
LFS 2008
LFS 2009
LFS 2010
LFS 2011
LFS 2012
LFS 2013
LFS 2014

LFS
5172 Life After Service Survey
LASS 2013
LASS
5144 Longitudinal and International Study of Adults
LISA all cycles (2012 - ongoing) - survey data
LISA all cycles (2012 - ongoing) - survey and admin data
LISA
4422 Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada
LSIC (W1: 2001 to W3: 2005)
LSIC
5019 Maternity Experiences Survey
MES 2006
MES
3160 National Apprenticeship Survey
NAS 2007
NAS
3848 National Child Care Survey
NCCS 1988
NCCS
5012 National Graduates Survey
SGPP/NGS 1978 (1976)
NGS 1984 (1982) (FOG files are contained in the NGS)
NGS 1988 (1986) (FOG files are contained in the NGS)
NGS 1992 (1990) (FOG files are contained in the NGS)
NGS 1997 (1995) (FOG files are contained in the NGS)
NGS 2002 (2000) (FOG files are contained in the NGS)
NGS 2007 (2005)
NGS 2013 (2009/2010)
NGS
5178 National Household Survey
NHS 2011
NHS
4450 National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
NLSCY all cycles (C1: 1994-1995 to C8: 2008-2009)
NLSCY
5003 National Population Health Survey: Health Institutions Component, Longitudinal
NPHS Health Institutions Component Longitudinal (C1: 1994-1995 to C5: 2002-2003)
NPHS
3236 National Population Health Survey - Household Component - Cross-sectional
NPHS Household Component Cross-sectional (C1: 1994-1995 to C3: 1998-1999)
NPHS
3225 National Population Health Survey - Household Component - Longitudinal
NPHS Household Component Longitudinal (C1: 1994-1995 to C9: 2010-2011)
NPHS
5004 National Population Health Survey - North Component
NPHS North Component (C1: 1994-1995 to C3: 1998-1999)
NPHS
4407 National Private Vehicle Use Survey
NPVUS 1994
NPVUS 1995
NPVUS 1996
NPVUS
4430 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating
NSGVP 1997
NSGVP 2000
NSGVP
5023 National Survey of Non Profit and Voluntary Organizations
NSNVO 2004
NSNVO
5080 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses
NSWHN 2005
NSWHN
4433 Ontario Adult Literacy Survey
OALS 1998
OALS
3824 Ontario Child Health Study
OCHS 2000
OCHS
5161 Ontario Material Deprivation Survey
OMDS 2009
OMDS
N/A Ontario Social Assistance Database
OSAD (Starting from January 2003)
OSAD
3251 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey
PALS 2001
PALS 2006
PALS
N/A Permanent Resident Landing File (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
PRLF (2003-2013)
PRLF
4446 Post-Secondary Education Participation Survey
PEPS 2002
PEPS
5060 Programme for International Student Assessment
PISA 2009 (Canadian Component)
PISA 2012 (Canadian Component)
PISA
4406 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies
PIAAC 2012
PIAAC
4438 Public Service Employee Survey
PSES 1999
PSES 2002
PSES 2005
PSES 2008
PSES 2011
PSES 2014
PSES
4426 Residential Telephone Service Survey
RTSS 2013
RTSS
3898 Self-Sufficiency Project
SSP all cycles (1998 to 2001)
SSP
4442 Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning
SAEP 1999
SAEP 2002
SAEP 2013
SAEP
3502 Survey of Consumer Finances
SCF 1997 (Information on SCF is included in SLID)
SCF
3126 Survey of Earned Doctorates
SED 2002-2003
SED 2003-2004
SED 2004-2005
SED 2005-2006
SED 2006-2007
SED 2007-2008
SED
3504 Survey of Family Expenditures
Famex 1969
Famex 1974
Famex 1982
Famex 1984
Famex 1986
Famex 1990
Famex 1992
Famex 1996
FAMEX
2620 Survey of Financial Security
SFS 1999
SFS 2005
SFS 2012
SFS
3508 Survey of Household Spending
SHS 1997
SHS 1998
SHS 1999
SHS 2000
SHS 2001
SHS 2002
SHS 2003
SHS 2004
SHS 2005
SHS 2006
SHS 2007
SHS 2008
SHS 2009
SHS 2010
SHS 2011
SHS 2012
SHS
3889 Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
SLID all cycles (1993 to 2011)
SLID
3874 Survey of Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities
LSUDA 1989
LSUDA
5158 Survey of Older Workers
SOW 2008
SOW
3850 Survey of Self-employment
SSE 2000
SSE
3813 Survey of Smoking Habits
SSH 1966
SSH 1967
SSH 1968
SSH 1970
SSH 1972
SSH 1973
SSH 1974
SSH 1975
SSH 1977
SSH 1979
SSH 1981
SSH 1983
SSH 1986
SSH
5179 Survey of Young Canadians
SYC 2010
SYC
5160 Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada
SLCDC 2009
SLCDC 2011
SLCDC 2014
SLCDC
5182 Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada
SLNCC 2011 (Main)
SLNCC
5182 Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada (Linked to Canadian Community Health Survey)
SLNCC 2011 (Linked to CCHS 2010 and CCHS 2011)
SLNCC linked to CCHS
5099 Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language Minorities
SVOLM 2006
SVOLM
5172 Survey on Transition to Civilian Life
STCL 2013
STCL
3231 Vital Statistics - Birth Database
Vital Statistics - Birth Database
VSD
3233 Vital Statistics - Death Database
Vital Statistics - Death Database
VSD
2615 Workplace and Employee Survey
WES all cycles (1999 to 2006)
WES
4435 Youth in Transition Survey
YITS cycles 1 to 6 (1998-1999 to 2008-2009)
YITS 2008-2009 (cycle 5.5)
YITS
4401 Youth Smoking Survey
YSS 2002
YSS

RDC proposals requiring more data related information

More information regarding specific data requirements for proposal submissions can be found in the RDC proposals requiring specific data related information page.

Data support in the RDCs

RDC researchers analyzing older data, or data part of a discontinued collection, or less frequently used data will have to use the data and documentation as it comes from the data provider.

As well, there will be little or no support for inquiries about content, sample design and related methodology issues for these data.

Please contact your RDC Analyst if you have questions about a particular dataset.

Using Non-Statistics Canada data sets in a Research Data Centre (RDC)

On occasion, it may be necessary for a researcher to use non-Statistics Canada data as part of their analysis. These data should complement the Statistics Canada microdata that are requested in the RDC proposal. It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the researcher to acquire non-Statistics Canada data and bring a copy to the RDC. Non-Statistics Canada data can be brought into the RDC under certain conditions.

In order for Statistics Canada to determine if the data may be brought into the RDC, please provide the following information in your proposal:

  • The nature and type of data
  • What is the unit of analysis?
  • The source (e.g. website, agency)
    • The permission received to access the data (e.g. publicly available, written permission, signed a contract, ethics approval)
  • How does the use of these data contribute to the research question?
  • Will the new data be amended, pooled or merged with Statistics Canada datasets?
    • If yes, will these data be linked at the individual micro-record level?
      (Please note that record linkage requires additional approval from senior management at Statistics Canada)

This information also needs to be provided should the request to bring non-Statistics Canada data into the RDC occur after the project has been approved and the data is being added to the contract by amendment. Please contact the analyst at your RDC for more information.