Statistics Canada Research Data Centre

A partnership with Statistics Canada, supported through the York University Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation and is a centre housed in the Institute for Social Research.

The York University Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (York RDC) provides social science, health and policy researchers access to analyze Statistics Canada’s master data sets. In the RDC’s secure environment researchers can access surveys in full detail, without the removal of geographic and other information required to protect respondent confidentiality in the public use data files.

The York RDC is a Branch of the Toronto Region RDC and is funded by the office of York University’s Vice President of Research and Innovation (VPRI), SSHRC, CIHR, and managed by York University’s Institute for Social Research.

Data sets

The York RDC hosts the core RDC Program Data Sets. Please consult the RDC Program’s Application process and guidelines page for more information about submitting a proposal. York University researchers can check York University Libraries Data and Statistics web site to ensure that data needs cannot be met using Statistics Canada’s publicly available microdata provided through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI).

How to apply

Research at the RDC requires acceptance of a proposal submitted to both SSHRC and Statistics Canada. For details, consult application process and guidelines.

Day Hours
Monday 10:30am to 3:30pm
Tuesday 10:30am to 3:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:30am to 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Getting to the York RDC
The secure data area of the York RDC is located in Room 282, on the 2nd floor of York Lanes building, located on the campus of York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. York University Keele campus map

The York RDC Classroom is located in Room 283B (enter through the doors at 283 not 282).

Several public transit services serve York University.
Find a map of our location here.

York University Parking Services provides complete information on the availability of visitor parking and the acquisition of parking permits

The second floor of York Lanes is accessible by elevator.

The York RDC houses one accessible workstation with a height adjustable work surface. An accessible restroom is located close to the facility.


General Inquiries:
York University RDC
York Lanes 282
Phone: 416-650-8498 (campus ext. 58498)


York University RDC staff:

Academic Director
Professor Valerie Preston

(416)736-5107 x22421


RDC Project Manager, ISR
Hugh McCague, PhD


Chang Z. Lin, Analyst

Theresa H.M. Kim, Assistant Analyst


York RDC Facility

  • Eight workstations with standard statistical software
  • Meeting room with seating up to 15 persons
  • Internet access
  • Nightly backup of researcher’s folders

York RDC Links

The Canadian Research Data Network (CRDCN)

York RDC Partners

Statistics Canada and SSHRC RDC Websites