The Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) system

Welcome to the Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) system, enabling fast access to Statistics Canada microdata. The RTRA system is an on-line remote access facility allowing users to run SAS programs, in real-time, against micro-data sets located in a central and secure location. Researchers using the RTRA system do not gain direct access to the micro-data and cannot view the content of the micro-data file. Instead, users submit SAS programs to extract results in the form of frequency tables. As RTRA researchers cannot view the micro-data, becoming a deemed employees of Statistics Canada is no longer necessary. This relationship is the basis that allows the RTRA to service its clients rapidly.

Statistics Canada has implemented an Electronic File Transfer (EFT) service (available on the Internet only) to enable organizations outside of Statistics Canada to exchange electronic files in a secure manner using the Internet. The RTRA makes use of this application to receive and disseminate files to external users. Login to RTRA and submit programs.

New user

If you are a new user, please follow the Application process and guidelines for rapid access.

New developments with the RTRA

New statistics

A full range of descriptive statistics is now available through the Real Time Remote Access tool. RTRA users can calculate frequencies, means, medians, percentiles, proportions, ratios, and shares. For more information on descriptive statistics please see Preparing a program.

New datasets

The Canadian Internet Use Survey – Household Component 2012 (CIUS HH), Canadian Internet Use Survey – Individual Component 2012 (CIUS PR), Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey 2013 (CNICS), Employment Insurance Coverage Survey 2014 (EICS) are now available.

New users wishing to apply for access should download the application form and application instructions. For existing users wishing to gain access, please contact an RTRA agent to complete a contract amendment request:

Accessing metadata, dummy data, and RTRA resources

Please note the changes to the surveys and metadata site. To access survey metadata, users should download FileZilla, a free file transfer platform. Full instructions on how to connect to the location of all survey documentation and Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) support documents, can be found in this document: How to connect to RTRA using FTP. If you have difficulty accessing RTRA products, please contact

Contact the RTRA program

While the RTRA system is available at anytime, please note that the RTRA staff is available only during normal business hours. We are happy to receive your comments, suggestions and questions regarding performance, operations, and availability. An RTRA agent can be reached at:

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