Statistics Canada RDC Data

What data do you need? RDC, DLI or RTRA?

Three programs exist to offer researchers access to Statistics Canada data products:
  • The DLI Program provides access to Statistics Canada's standard products, databases, public-use microdata and geographical files.
  • The RDC Program provides secure access to detailed microdata for researchers.
  • The Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) System allows for remote submission of SAS code in order to produce tables based on microdata. Output is vetted by the RTRA system and provided to the researcher.
Access to each depends on the research subject and methodology used:

1. Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

Eligibility: Postsecondary academic staff and students

Conditions: Restricted to teaching and research purposes

Data:
Standard data products such as:
  • public-use microdata files from Statistics Canada surveys (e.g. Canadian Community Health Survey, the General Social Surveys and the Household Internet Survey)
  • databases such as the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model and the Inter-Corporate Ownership
  • census standard products
  • aggregated data on subjects such as justice and education
  • geography products
See all DLI data products here. Note that the DLI site is accessible via university IP addresses only.

2. Research Data Centres (RDCs)

Eligibility: Researcher with accepted proposal

Conditions: SSHRC peer review and deemed Statistics Canada employee status

Data:
Cross-sectional and longitudinal detailed microdata files from population and household surveys such as the:
  • Canadian Community Health Survey
  • Census of Canada
  • National Population Health Survey
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
  • General Social Survey
  • Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
Administrative data from ministries such as:
  • Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
See all RDC data products here.

3. Real Time Remote Access (RTRA)

Eligibility: Researcher with a computer and Internet connection

Conditions: Researchers must adhere to the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement

Data:
Cross-sectional and longitudinal detailed microdata files from population and household surveys such as the:
  • Canadian Community Health Survey
  • Census of Canada
  • National Population Health Survey
  • National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth
  • General Social Survey
  • Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
See all RTRA data products here.