Toronto Region – Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (Toronto RDC)

Newsletter Number 6 – Spring 2006

The Toronto RDC is a secure social science research facility located at the University of Toronto that offers researchers from many academic disciplines an opportunity to analyze large-scale, longitudinal Statistics Canada microdata in a well-equipped computer lab setting.

The Toronto RDC is a partnership among Statistics Canada, the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University.  Statistic Canada’s RDC Program is a national initiative to make Statistics Canada microdata more directly available to researchers across the country.

For information about applying for access to the Toronto RDC, please see “RDC Proposal Submission Process” near the end of this newsletter.

  1. Latest News
  2. Dataset Holdings
  3. Hours of Operation
  4. Conferences
  5. RDC Proposal Submission Process
  6. Contact us
1)    What’s new at the Toronto RDC?

a.    New Equipment

The Toronto RDC has completed the purchase and installation of completely new computing equipment for RDC researchers.  This renewal allows the Toronto RDC to continue to meet research needs involving almost any level of complex analyses.

Here are some specifics on our new equipment and resources:
b.    New Initiatives

The monthly Brown-Bag Lunch Series, initiated this year, features presentations by researchers focusing on one or more aspects of their research at the Toronto RDC.  The Brown-Bag Lunch Series seminars take place from October to April of each academic year in the Toronto RDC’s Conference Room.

Thus far, our talks have included:
If you would like an opportunity to present or discuss your research in an informal, collegial setting, please contact Angela Prencipe ( or Dave Haans (

c.    New Intranet Site

We are redesigning our Intranet (internal web) site in collaboration with other RDCs across the country to ensure we are providing researchers with the up-to-date information on our datasets, procedures and software they require for their research.  

The new Intranet will feature information about the survey datasets, RDC procedures and policies, RDC secure network, data documentation and issues, software and will also allow access to an electronic library.  Our intent is to ensure that RDC researchers have the latest information available while they are conducting their research at the Toronto RDC.

2)     The Toronto RDC’s Datasets

The following are some of the core RDC Program datasets available to RDC Researchers.

The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY)
The NLSCY follows the development and well-being of Canadian children from birth to adulthood.  It currently consists of 5 cycles with surveys administered every two years.

The National Population Health Survey (NPHS)
The NPHS is a longitudinal survey which collects information related to the health of the Canadian population and related socio-demographic information.  The NPHS currently consists of 5 cycles with surveys administered every two years.

Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)
The main objective of the CCHS is to provide timely, consistent, cross-sectional estimates of health determinants, health status and health system utilization across Canada.  The CCHS is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.  There are presently 3 cycles of the CCHS available, each with a different research focus.
The Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)
The SLID is a multi-panel longitudinal survey conducted every year.  The main objective of the SLID is to study the economic well-being of Canadians over time.  It incorporates changes in paid work, family make-up, receipt of government transfers and other factors.

More recent additions to the Toronto RDC have been the Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS), the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC), the Youth in Transition Survey (YITS), the Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) and the Canadian General Social Surveys (GSS).

The RDC Program’s listing of datasets is always available at:
3)    Our Hours of Operation

The hours of operation of the Toronto RDC are 8:30am to 7:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Fridays.

During Regular Hours (8:30am - 4:30pm), an RDC Analyst will be available for all routine RDC activities, including disclosure analysis, tours, presentations, etc.

During Extended Hours (4:30pm to 7:00pm), the Statistics Canada Extended Hours Employee (EHE) will be available for limited RDC support such as help with printing, supplies, etc.

4)    Upcoming Conferences

a.    Statistics Canada Conference on Methodological Issues in Measuring Population Health

Statistics Canada's 23rd International Methodology Symposium, "Methodological Issues In Measuring Population Health," will take place at the Château Cartier Resort in Gatineau (10 minutes from downtown Ottawa) from November 1 to November 3, 2006.

This international event addresses statistical methodology issues relevant to the work of a government statistical agency, as well as to a broader statistical community in the health care industry, government, universities and other research organizations.

This symposium will focus on methodological issues related to producing reliable information on population health.
Topics will include:
Statistics Canada is soliciting papers related to health with an emphasis on the above topics.  Proposals should be in the form of a 250-word abstract (French or English) submitted by March 31, 2006.  The papers will be presented and discussed during the two days of the conference, preceded by a day of workshops.  Proceedings from the conference will be published and disseminated to participants.

Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail to: or by regular mail to:

Symposium 2006
Attn: Dr. Milorad Kovacevic
Statistics Canada
17th Floor, R.H.Coats Building, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0T6

Visit our internet site regularly to get upcoming details on the program, registration fees, accommodation, tourism information, and more:

b.    TARGET/BCIRDC Conference on Education, Training and the Evolving Workplace

The Team for Advanced Research on Globalization, Education and Technology (TARGET) is pleased to join forces with the British Columbia Inter-University Research Data Centre (BCIRDC) in the organization of the Conference on Education, Training and the Evolving Workplace, which will be held in Vancouver on May 12 and 13, 2006.

The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers interested in the quantitative analysis of issues pertaining to education, training and the evolving workplace in Canada, as well as in other countries. Much of the research will be based on the survey-data riches made available through the use of RDCs. Studies based on similar data from other countries or on publicly available data will also be welcomed sources of comparison.

For more information, please consult the conference’s website:

5)    RDC Proposal Submission Process

To access the RDC, researchers must submit a project proposal to a review committee operating under the auspices of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada.

The process is done through an on-line application system accessible at:

For more information on the Toronto RDC and how to apply for access, please visit our website at:

Please note that the RDC Program facilitates the use of master data sets.  If you require public use files, please consult your local Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) representative:

Once your proposal has been accepted, you will be invited to the Toronto RDC.  Here, you will receive an orientation on how research is best conducted here, your security pass, a locker for your project’s research materials if required, and a tour of our facilities including a Conference Room where you can meet with your project members and/or advisors, and our Internet Room where you are free to check email or search for and print articles.

6)    Contact Us

For further information on the Toronto RDC or on any other item in this newsletter, please contact:
Toronto RDC
130 St. George St., Room 7032
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
M5S 1A5
Phone: 416-946-8105
Fax: 416-946-8104

Michael Baker, Academic Director
Toronto RDC
Tel: 416-946-8107

Angela Prencipe, RDC Analyst
Toronto RDC
Tel: 416-946-8321

Byron Lee, RDC Analyst
Toronto RDC
Tel: 416-946-8105

Heidy Morales, RDC Extended Hours Employee
Toronto RDC

The Toronto RDC Steering Committee may be contacted through:

Susan Murphy, RDC Manager
University of Toronto
222 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 3J1
Tel: 416-978-7037
Fax: 416-978-4771

For further information on computing equipment and analytical software available at the Toronto RDC, please contact:

Dave Haans, Research and Computing Consultant
Toronto RDC
Tel: 416-946-8106