March 2017

Upcoming CRDCN Survey

I am writing to ask for your help. Every year, the RDC and the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) conduct a survey of RDC researchers about their project activity in the past calendar year. The information collected in the survey illustrates the significance of social science and health research at York, influences the financial support for the York RDC, and can increase the visibility of the research. For example, any publications mentioned in the survey are listed in the online bibliography that is accessed by researchers around the globe.


We really need your assistance. I know that the request to participate in the survey comes at a very busy time in the academic year. Nevertheless, I hope you will take 10 or 15 minutes to complete the survey so we can demonstrate the value of the York RDC.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the survey or other RDC matters. Thank you for your help.


Valerie Preston

Academic Director, York RDC

CRDCN Webinar:

On March 1st, 2017 from 2PM-3:15PM (EST), Tammy Schirle and Kevin Milligan will present findings from a recent study in which they measure individuals’ health capacity to work longer.  Using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and from the Labor Force Survey (LFS), they will discuss two distinct approaches to measuring health capacity to work among older Canadian men and women, taking education level into consideration. Basic time trends in health and labour force participation for older Canadians will first be presented.


Tammy Schirle is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kevin Milligan is professor of Economics at the UBC Vancouver School of Economics and the Academic Director of the UBC RDC.

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New data sets at the RDC:

In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the York Research Data Centre.  Please see the information below.  Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC)

The Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC) 2001 is now available.

CanCHEC is a large population-based dataset that will allow for the examination of mortality outcomes by census characteristics (i.e. ethnocultural and socioeconomic factors). The 2001 CanCHEC was created from three different data sources:

  • 2001 Census of Population
  • T1 Universe Files (place of residence only)
  • Canadian Mortality Database

The 1991 CanCHEC cycle is also available, which contains variables measuring population characteristics, place of residence, cancer incidence, and mortality.  These variables were obtained from six different data sources:

  • 1991 Canadian Long-form Census (2B/2D), non-institutional population
  • 1984-2011 Historical Tax Summary Files (HTSF) (place of residence only)
  • 1981-1983 T1 Personal Master File (T1 PMF) (place of residence only)
  • 1969-1991 Canadian Cancer Database (CCDB),
  • 1992-2010 Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR), and
  • 1991-2011 Canadian Mortality Data Base (CMDB).

For further details on this data set, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website:

The York RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data.   For information on the application process, please visit: 

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 2015

The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS) is a cross-sectional survey providing information on tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and related issues. While there is a focus on 15 to 24 year olds, data is available for respondents aged 15 and over.  The questionnaire for CTADS 2015 borrows heavily from the CTADS 2013 questionnaire and the previous iteration of the survey (the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey – CTUMS).  This latest data release from Nov. 2016 includes data collected between February–December of the reference year. 

All Canadians over 15 years of age, with the exception of residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and full-time residents of institutions, were eligible to take part in this survey.   Questions were asked via telephone on the frequency and amount of smoking, prevalence and frequency of alcohol use, the prevalence and harm of drug usage, and more.  This includes information on smoking purchasing patterns, smoking cessation, and use of electronic cigarettes.   The output produced includes one file for household level information and one for personal level information. 

For further details on this data set, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website:

The York RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data.   For information on the application process, please visit: 

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