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

Upcoming Events

To be announced.

Health Protocols and Workstations at the York RDC

In light of recent Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidance from Health Canada, the York RDC will be returning to full operating capacity on Tuesday June 14th, 2022. Researchers are still required to wear a medical-grade mask if a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. Medical-grade masks will continue to be provided at the front entrance table. In the lab area, there are cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean your workstation before and after use.

Given our recent demand for workstations, additional workstations (Workstations 3, 6 and 8) are available to researchers on a first-come-first-serve basis. These workstations DO NOT require prior booking on Skedda and their availability depends on demand for a given day. Researchers may continue to book existing workstations including the Conference Room on Skedda. In addition, the 24-hour booking/cancellation policy for Skedda will be updated to allow for last-minute bookings and cancellations. We kindly ask that you cancel any bookings you are unable to attend as soon as possible to allow for others to book. Important: Booked workstations where the researcher fails to show after the first hour or without prior notice given to RDC staff of their intention of arrival will be made available as first-come-first-serve to others.

Our masking requirement and enhanced cleaning protocols continue to ensure the safety of the researchers and our staff. Researchers are encouraged to keep their masks on and maintain adequate physical distance at all times. If you are concerned about maintaining adequate physical distance while working in the centre, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss options to accommodate you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Booking a Workstation

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

New Datasets and Updates to Old Datasets (October 31, 2022)

A number of new datasets/updates to old datasets have recently become available for researchers with approved projects. A brief description is given below. Researchers interested in gaining access can get in touch with us for more information.

  1. Data Access Division is providing RDC researchers access to an updated version of Business Research Microdata (BRM) files. 

This vintage of the BRM covers 2000 to 2020 and contains additional analytical variables including Patent and Robots! information. It also provides a more disaggregated level of industry (4-digits) as well as lower level of geography (Census Metropolitan Area and Census Agglomeration). Approved researchers will work directly with confidential datafiles containing anonymized business identifiers.

  1. New Ontario Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services (MCCSS) All Years data linked to CEN16, ROE, EISV, IMDB, CCR, VSDD, PSIS, RAIS, is now available.

  2. Updates to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects. Effective October 7, new information from the Labour Force Survey will be available as an extension to the existing LFS microdata files. 

  3. The Census of Agriculture 2016 and 2021 is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects.
  4. The Canadian Community Health Survey – Annual component (CCHS) is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects.

  5. The Survey of Digital Technology and Internet Use (SDTIU) 2021 is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects. The 2021 SDTIU is designed to measure the impact of digital technologies on the operations of Canadian enterprises.

  6. The Portrait of Canadian Society ─ Impacts of Rising Prices (PCS-IRP) is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects. The purpose of this survey is to help us better understand how the rising cost of basic needs such as food, transportation and housing is affecting Canadians’ spending behavior and their ability to meet day-to-day expenses.

  7. The Canadian Social Survey (CSS) is Statistics Canada’s newest data collection project. The CSS has produced an update to the English User Guide in section 6.1.2 ; the term “Native” was removed.

New Datasets and Updates to Old Datasets (August 2, 2022)

A number of new datasets and updates to old datasets have recently become available for researchers with approved projects.  A brief description is provided below for your perusal. Researchers interested in gaining access can get in touch with us for more information.

  1. The Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR) – International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2018 and the Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR) – Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results 2018 are now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects
  2. The Vital Statistics – Death Database (CVSD) 2017-2019update is now available for download
  3. The Employment Insurance Status Vector (EISV) – 2021is now available for download. Microdata from the Employment Insurance Program’s administrative records on EI beneficiaries has been updated.
  4. The Canadian Income Survey (CIS) 2020 and Canadian Income Survey (CIS) 2012-2019 Rebased are now available for download
  5. Vital Statistics 2020 Death Database (VSDD)is now available for download
  6. New Survey of Household Spending data linked to various health surveys, is now available. This data integration project brings together data from the Survey of Household Spending (SHS), the Canadian Cancer registry (CCR), the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS), the Canadian Vital Statistics – Death Database (CVSD), and the T1 Family (T1FF).
  7. The Nunavut Government Employee Survey (NGES) is now available for download. The Nunavut Government Employee Survey (NGES) is an online survey of all current Government of Nunavut (GN) and Government of Canada (GoC) employees working in Nunavut.
  8. The Survey on Early Learning and Child Care Arrangements (SELCCA) 2020 is now available for download.
  9. The Linkage of APEX-AMI clinical cohort to hospitalization and socioeconomic data (016-2021) is now available for download. The purpose of this project is to create a series of outcome files resulting from the clinical trial known as the Assessment of Pexelizumab in Acute Myocardial Infarction (APEX AMI) files being linked to the T1 Family file (T1FF), the Canadian Vital Statistics – Death Database (CVSD), and the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD).
  10. The Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey (CTNS) 2021is now available for download
  11. The Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy (SIBS) All Years is now available for download
  12. The Canadian Social Survey ─ Well-being and Family Relationships is now available for download. From January 28 to March 13, 2022, Statistics Canada conducted the Canadian Social Survey – Well-being and Family Relationships (CSS-WFR). This survey was the fourth wave of the CSS.
  13. Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP) update: An update to the British Columbia Kindergarten to Grade 12 (BC K-12) files is now available. These files are part of the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform.
  14. The Canadian Community Health Survey – Rapid Response – Positive mental health (CCHS_RR_PMH) is now available for download
  15. An update to the Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System and Ontario Mental Health Reporting System linked to the Canadian Vital Statistics Deaths Database (CIHI_CVSD) is now available for download/ This change involves deleting a variable used during data processing from nacrs_link2019.sas7bdat for the CIHI-CVSD linkage that was delivered to the RDCs. This change aligns the 2019 data file with those previously transferred to the RDCs for NACRS from 2002 to 2018
  16. The Longitudinal Immigration Statistical Environment (LISE) – IMDB linked to CEN 2016 keys is now available for download
  17. Update to the Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD): new files released (KID1999-KID2006) to replace those that were missing the BRDT in the 2019 release.
  18. The Canadian Housing Survey (CHS) 2018 rebased, 2021 and APIM are now available for download
  19. The Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) has produced the following updates:

         New file released:
                           -Express Entry IMDB 2020

         New document:
                           -Introduction to the IMDB Express Entry file 2020

  1. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2019, 2020 Wave 1 and Wave 2, RR TBI, RR HLV, and RR SCH2TAV are now available for download
  2. The Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP) has produced several new concordance files:

 LAD linkage:

  • PSIS – 2019/2020 and RAIS – 2020 to LAD All Years

Census linkage:

  • PSIS – 2019/2020 and RAIS – 2020 to Census 2016 long-form

IMDB linkage:

  • PSIS – 2019/2020 and RAIS – 2020 to IMDB All Years

EISV linkage:

  • PSIS – 2019/2020 and RAIS – 2020 to EISV All Years Keys
  1. The Impact of Surgery on Work and Earnings for those with Degenerative Conditions of the Spine, Hip and Knee (017-2021): The Linkage of the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and the T1 Family File (T1FF) is now available for download.
  2. The Survey on Health Care Workers’ Experiences During the Pandemic (SHCWEP) is now available for download

Past Events and News

CRDCN-CJE Webinar #3
At noon (ET) on Nov. 24, 2022, CRDCN and CJE present session #3 of their joint webinar series.

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

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