Researchers wishing to access the RDC should create an account on the Statistics Canada Microdata Access Platform (MAP) and follow the steps to create a new proposal. The proposal is evaluated by Statistics Canada for feasibility before access can be granted. In addition, if you are a student, your thesis supervisor must write a letter in support of your RDC application and join the application as a co-investigator. Fees can apply to certain research projects conducted in the RDCs. Consult the University access fees page to learn more. TEST
For more information, please visit the Microdata Access Portal application process page. Also refer to the Frequently asked questions page on the Microdata Access Portal.
Note that researchers whose projects are approved will be subject to a security check before being sworn in under the Statistics Act as a 'deemed employees' of Statistics Canada. Deemed employees are subject to all the conditions and penalties of regular Statistics Canada employees, including fines and/or imprisonment for breach of confidentiality. For more information on deemed employees, see the Frequently asked questions.
The RCMP requires fingerprinting as part of the security clearance. Additionally, Treasury Board of Canada requires a credit check.
All results to be physically removed from secure areas will be carefully screened for confidential data, whether as direct listings or as possible residual disclosures.