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RDC News: April 2019

April holiday hours changes, Saturday hours, a Save the Date for the RDC Researcher Showcase, and the availability of a new dataset.

Mar 26, 2019

April Hours Changes

This month we will have the following changes to our usual operating hours:

  • Closed all day on Good Friday - Friday April 19th.
  • Closed all day on Easter Monday - Monday April 22nd.


Saturday Hours in April - On Demand

In April we will be offering some on-demand Saturday hours.  Please let the Analysts know if you wish to work in the RDC on any of the following Saturdays. We will be open on an 'appointment' basis, only if requested. Please email Anna at, or write your name on the sign-up sheet by the front door in the RDC. (Please sign up by the preceding Thursday.)

Offered dates for Saturday hours are:

  • Saturday, April 13th - 12pm to 4pm


Save the Date - RDC Researcher Showcase

The McMaster RDC will be holding its first annual 'Showcase' on Wednesday May 22 (10AM to 3:PM) in the Sherman Centre, Mills Library.
The morning session will consist of brief presentations highlighting certain data sets, including LAD, IMDB, OCHS and linked administrative files. We will also discuss how Data Services and the RDC work well together.
After a catered lunch, the afternoon session with consist of 4-5 researcher presentations highlighting the type work that is being conducted in the Centre.
Watch for upcoming details and a formal call for researchers to present in the afternoon portion. Please contact Peter if you have any questions.


New data sets at the 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!

Apprenticeship Grants and Canada Apprenticeship Loan (AG - CAL) 

Apprenticeship Grants (AG) and Canada Apprenticeship Loan (CAL) is now available in Research Data Centres across Canada.The AG and CAL are part of Statistic Canada’s Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP).

The Apprenticeship Grants (AG) dataset contains information on the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) applications, covering the period from April 1, 2007 to November 27, 2017. Information included in this database documents whether or not each application was approved, closed due to incomplete information or rejected. The CAL data contains information only on approved CAL disbursements, from January 2, 2015 to December 31, 2017. The data includes one disbursement per period of technical training for each person. The AG and CAL data can be directly linked to each other, and to the Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS).

Researchers interested in education, training, skills,and education finance may find this a useful data set. More information on this data set can be found at

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