Research in the RDCs: How to access Statistics Canada’s confidential data sets and the experience of working at Research Data Centres

Panélistes et plénières
Applied Sociology

The Research Data Centres (RDC) program is a collaboration between Statistics Canada, SSHRC, and universities which seeks to strengthen Canada’s social research capacity and support the policy research community. The RDCs provide quantitative researchers with access to confidential microdata from Statistics Canada’s population and household surveys in a secure environment at universities across Canada. This session will answer questions about the process of applying for RDC access, the experience of working with RDC microdata, and the type of research that can be conducted. Panelists include academic researchers and graduate students who use RDC data in their work.


Martin Cooke, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies and School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

Brittany Etmanski, PhD Candidate and former Statistical Assistant at the Southwestern Ontario RDC, University of Waterloo

Michael Haan, Co-director of Western University’s RDC and Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relations, Department of Sociology, Western University.

Heather Rollwagen, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Brad Seward, PhD Candidate and former Statistical Assistant at the Southwestern Ontario RDC, Department of Sociology, University of Guelph

Moderator: Martin Taylor, Executive Director, Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)

Tags: Research Methods

Organizateurs: Kristyn Frank, Statistics Canada, Joanna Jacob, Statistics Canada, Brittany Etmanski, University of Waterloo