Who we are
The Toronto Region - Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (Toronto RDC) is a world-class research facility set up for the express purpose of enabling social science, health and policy researchers to analyze Statistics Canada's master data sets without having to travel to Statistics Canada's main Ottawa location or perform remote submissions of statistical code.
The Toronto RDC is funded by SSHRC, CIHR, Ryerson University, York University, University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts & Science, and the University of Toronto's Academic Initiative Fund.
Researchers within close proximity of York University can now conduct their research at the York RDC, a branch of the Toronto RDC.
What we do
The Toronto RDC provides researchers with the environment, tools, equipment and supplies necessary for advanced social science, health and policy research. More than half our researchers are graduate students, many of whom are analyzing data for their Ph.D. dissertations.
Our data sets
The Toronto RDC houses the core RDC Program Data Sets. Others are made available based upon an accepted proposal. Please consult the RDC Program's Application process and guidelines page for more information about submitting a proposal.
See our RDC or DLI Data? page for important information on the distinction between data available from the Data Liberation Initiative and from the RDC Program.
University of Toronto researchers will want to ensure that their data needs cannot be met by either the University of Toronto's Data Library Service, the Map, Air Photo & GIS Collection or the CHASS Data Centre before applying to conduct research at the Toronto RDC.
York University researchers can check York University's Library Data Services web site for public use data. Ryerson University researchers will want to consult Ryerson's Geospatial, Map and Data Centre.
How to apply
Prospective researchers must submit a proposal to conduct research at any of the Research Data Centres. The proposal must be accepted by both SSHRC and Statistics Canada before research may begin.
Statistics Canada's application process and guidelines page outlines the steps required to successfully complete and submit a proposal.
Some proposals will be charged an RDC access fee. Refer to the Toronto RDC's Project Fees page to determine if fees are applicable to your project.
Where to go for statistics
The Toronto RDC is a research lab; we do not not provide statistics. If you found this page by searching for statistics for Toronto, you may find this Statistics Canada Toronto Statistics page useful.