Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)

(see the next section to request an appointment):

Please click here for updates to operations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and here for ways to advance your research if your RDC office is closed.

If you have questions related to a specific project please do not hesitate to email your analyst at any time.

Update and Next Steps

Dear Toronto RDC Researchers,
We hope you have been keeping safe and well during this difficult time. We would like to inform you that we have been given permission to begin limited reopening of the centre to support the research community who relies on our data. Access to the RDC will occur with applicable public health protective measures in place.

At this time, we are interested in hearing from anyone at a critical juncture in their research so that we can address your needs first. This includes students, particularly those who are expecting to graduate soon, and researchers who require access for time-sensitive reasons such as journal resubmissions. We would like to hear from you about your RDC research needs even if you may not have an urgent request at this time. This will help us to plan accordingly. While we might not be able to accommodate all requests, we would like to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help you with your research.
We plan to offer access to a limited number of researchers within the next few weeks, starting with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-12pm, and likely expanding hours as needed while maintaining protective measures.

Please email by July 10 to describe your research needs. In your message, we ask that you include your name, the PI name, the project number, and datasets included in your project. Also, please provide the following additional information:
1. Do you have an urgent need to access the Centre? Please provide details.
2. If known, how much time do you anticipate needing?
3. Do you have any specific software requirements?
4. Please provide your contact phone number.

RDC staff will review applications to determine relative priorities and then invite you to make an appointment. Those researchers who meet selection criteria (including those with time sensitive or critical work) will be contacted first. Prior to arriving at the RDC, researchers with appointments will receive detailed instructions on health and safety considerations. In the meanwhile, we encourage you to keep up with more general updates to available resources on the CRDCN website.

With all very best wishes,
Dan Silver Academic Director
Daniel Silver
Dept of Sociology, MW306
University of Toronto Scarborough
(416) 208-2698
Academic Director
Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre
(416) 946-8107

About us

The Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) is part of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) a national network of centres offering secure access to Statistics Canada's detailed microdata including census data, as well as to an increasing number of administrative data sets. RDCs are secure computer labs where approved researchers can access and analyze confidential microdata. All RDCs are networked together, allowing researchers to access their projects and teams across Canada.

The Toronto RDC is located on the 7th floor of Robarts Library at the University of Toronto, hosted by the Division of the Vice President Research and Innovation, in partnership with Ryerson, York and Nipissing universities (see links for branch sites). RDCs are funded by SSHRC, CIHR, Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and partnership universities.

How to apply?

    Researchers can apply for access to data by submitting a detailed proposal through the MicroData Access Portal. The proposal needs to include the following information:
    • A specific research question
    • The data required to address it
    • The statistical techniques to answer your research question
    Before submitting an application for access, please check whether your research needs can be met using Statistics Canada public use microdata files (PUMFs) and codebooks made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). PUMFs and other public use datasets are also available through the data portals of affiliated universities (for U of T researchers, visit the Map and Data Library).


  • Updated on: Jul 2020


Research Data Centre staff members oversee the administrative aspects of projects that have already been approved to access RDC data holdings.

For information about what we do, how to submit a proposal, and datasets available, please go to Statistics Canada's RDC Program website.

For information and documentation on Statistics Canada datasets please go to Surveys and Statistical Programs on Statistics Canada's website, and contact Statistics Canada for non-RDC-related questions.

For general RDC enquries, you can send an email to

RDC Personnel


Address & Hours

  • Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)
  • University of Toronto, Robarts Library
  • 130 St. George Street, Room 7032
  • Toronto, ON M5S 1A5

    Directions by public transit (TTC):

    Take the subway to St. George station, exiting onto St. George St. then walk south on St. George St. or
    Take the subway to Wellesley station, then take the Wellesley St. bus westbound and exit at St. George St. or
    Take the subway to Spadina station, then take streetcar to Sussex Ave. or Harbord St.


    Parking is available on all streets surrounding Robarts Library and at various parking lots at the University of Toronto.


    The main Robarts Library entrance off St. George St. and the entrance via the ramp to the second floor off Sussex Ave. are wheelchair accessible.


Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Toronto RDC is open by appointment only.