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RDC News:March 2017

Canadian Birth-Census Cohort (CanBCC), 1996 and 2006. New Data Sets at RDC.

Mar 01, 2017

Upcoming hours changes There will be no changes from the usual hours for the month of March. Please consult the schedule for Mills Library for more information.

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

Canadian Birth-Census Cohort (CanBCC), 1996 and 2006
The primary purpose of the Canadian Birth-Census cohorts is to add long-form Census information to births, stillbirths and infant deaths in Canada, including socio-economic information about the parents. This allows for the study of associations between these characteristics and birth and perinatal outcomes.

The cohorts are based on the intersection between in-scope births (those occurring in the two years prior to Census Day) and the Census long-form sample. The final sizes are 97 006 births for the 1996 cohort (out of a possible 466 170 in-scope births), and 135 426 births for the 2006 cohort (out of a possible 687 340 in-scope births). A cohort weight - which adjusts for the census sampling design, census non-response, and missed linkages between the birth and census databases - and 500 bootstrap weights - to account for the variability arising from sampling, non-response, the linkage process and the stochastic variability inherent in vital events - have been generated for each of these cohorts. 

For further details please go to the information page on the at the Statistics Canada website

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