Research Data Centres

Research Data Centres (RDCs) promote and facilitate research that uses Statistics Canada microdata within secure facilities managed by Statistics Canada. They include university-based RDCs, government-based RDCs in federal provincial or territorial government buildings, and Secure Access Points in approved locations where employees from all levels of government can access microdata.

Data users who become deemed employees of Statistics Canada access a wide variety of data, including social and business surveys, administrative data, and linked data. The confidentiality of respondents is protected through the use of policies and procedures that create a culture of confidentiality within the data user community.

Becoming a "deemed employee" includes attaining a security clearance, completing mandatory training, and swearing or affirming the Oath of Office and Secrecy to Statistics Canada.

Information and resources


Projects and datasets

User community

Participating institutions and contacts

Training and events

Training sessions, webinars, and events


Costs related to the program

Application process and guidelines

Application process and guidelines

About the access

History behind the program

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Contact information

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