Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)


We have updated our entry/exit protocols in light of changes in Robarts Library’s schedule (see library announcement).

Please contact your analyst if you have a question related to your project. For general RDC enquiries, you can email


  • Updated: Jul 2021

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).


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

  • Angela Prencipe (Away on Assignment)
    RDC Analyst

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 - 5:00 pm.

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