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.
To search only the Research Data Centres Program website, select the "Search" tool located on the top banner, then select the "Advanced Search" option and in the field "Include pages with all these words" type in the text url:rdc and add any key word. For example, "url:rdc census" which will result in all pages on the Research Data Centres Program website that contain the keyword "census".
From November 1 to December 31, 2013, Statistics Canada is inviting researchers to apply for access to blood, urine and DNA samples from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) for use in health studies. The biospecimens are available to any Canadian researcher that completes a review process and would benefit from a national population survey of about 5,600 participants per collection cycle. Please visit the CHMS biobank website to download the application form and for more information about the review process.
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.
|Record Number||Survey Name||Acronym|
|5108||Aboriginal Children's Survey||ACS|
|3250||Aboriginal Peoples Survey||APS|
|3879||Adult Education and Training Survey||AETS|
|3207||Canadian Cancer Registry||CCR|
|3226||Canadian Community Health Survey - Annual Component||CCHS|
|5015||Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health||CCHS|
|5049||Canadian Community Health Survey - Nutrition||CCHS|
|5146||Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging||CCHS|
|5071||Canadian Health Measures Survey
|4440||Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey||CTUMS|
|Census of Population
- Additional documentation
|4508||Ethnic Diversity Survey
- User Guide
|3504||Survey of Family Expenditures||FAMEX|
|3503||Food Expenditures Survey||FES|
|General Social Survey||GSS|
|4505||Access to and Use of Information Communication Technology||GSS|
|4500||Education, Work and Retirement||GSS|
|4502||Caregiving and Care Receiving||GSS|
|3701||Labour Force Survey||LFS|
|4422||Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada
2001 (Wave 1)
2003 (Wave 2)
2005 (Wave 3)
|5080||National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses||NSWHN|
|5012||National Graduates Survey||NGS|
|4450||National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
- NLSCY synthetic files
|National Population Health Survey||NPHS|
|5161||Ontario Material Deprivation Survey||OMDS|
|Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2006 - Adult 15+)||PALS|
|Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2006 – Children under 15)||PALS|
|Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2001 – Adults 15 +)||PALS|
|Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2001 – Children under 15)||PALS|
|5060||Programme for International Student Assessment||PISA|
|3889||Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
- Electronic Data Dictionary
|5160||Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada||SLCDC|
|5099||Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language minorities||SVOLM|
|2615||Workplace and Employee Survey
WES - Electronic Data Dictionary
|Youth in Transition Survey (YITS)
15 year-olds (Mathematics Cohort)
15 year-olds (Reading Cohort)
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.
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 following presentations provide additional information to researchers about the contents of some of the surveys available for analysis at the RDCs as well as discussions on different methodological issues. Bootvar is a program composed of macros which allow for the computation of variance estimates using the bootstrap method. The program is generic, i.e., it is possible to use with data coming from any of Statistic Canada's surveys that release bootstrap weights.
Appendix C of the Bootvar documentation provides for many surveys the bootstrap information required to estimate variances and conduct hypothesis tests using Bootvar or other software.