York- Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)

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, economics, business, 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.

Latest News

Health Protocols at the RDCs

Please follow the daily COVID screening procedures of York University before coming to campus.

Research Data Centres are Statistics Canada premises and must be compliant with the Government of Canada’s policies and directives. In compliance with new guidelines from The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, and Occupational Health and Safety at Statistics Canada (OHS), the York RDC will now require researchers to wear a medical-grade mask when accessing the centre

When arriving at the RDC, if you are not already wearing a medical-grade mask, please carefully exchange your non-medical grade mask for a medical-grade mask that will be provided at the front entrance table. Cloth masks, scarves, or any other non-medical grade mask materials will not be allowed.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding our protocol, please let us know.

Book Your Workstation

Users of the York RDC need to book their workstation through Skedda:
Please follow the daily COVID screening procedures of York University before coming to campus.

COVID 19 Resources

Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) has created a document outlining ways to proceed with your research. Please click here for updates to operations. Furthermore, we have also created a list of government, researcher and data resources to help our community pursue its work. For more information, please visit the website, https://crdcn.org/

Upcoming Events

CRDCN and the Canadian Public Policy journal present session #2 of their joint webinar series on April 13, 2022:

“How did the Canada Child Benefit affect household spending?” by Paniz Najjarrezaparast and Krishna Pendakur

“What happened to the immigrant satisfaction gap” by Frances Woolley

More information and registration.

Past Events and News

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) 2021 virtual conference
Conference information for the events during October 14-28, 2021. 

York Research Data Centre Newsletter, September 2017

York Research Data Centre Newsletter, Summer 2017

York Research Data Centre Newsletter, March 2017

York RDC Promotional Presentation:

Introduction to York RDC

Accessing Statistics Canada Data and Resources Web Links

External Resources:

Statistics Canada Application Process and Guidelines

RDC Program Core Data Holdings

Day Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
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)
Email: yorkrdc@yorku.ca


York University RDC Personnel

Academic Director
Professor Ben Sand

Statistical Consultant
Hugh McCague

Statistics Canada Analysts

Jing Liang
RDC Analyst

Sara Bimo
RDC 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