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RDC News: February 2019

February hours, a call for proposals to The International Metropolis Conference, and the availability of a new data set.

Jan 31, 2019

February Hours Changes

Please note the upcoming changes to the usual centre operating hours this month:

  • CLOSED on Monday Feb.18th for Family Day



Saturday Hours in February - On Demand

In February 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, February 2nd - 12pm to 4pm


Call for Proposals - International Metropolis Conference 2019

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and the International Metropolis Project invite the submission of proposals for workshops, individual papers, and posters for the 2019 International Metropolis Conference, which will take place at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada from June 24-28.

 The conference welcomes submissions in virtually all areas of migration and its management around the world, including economic migration, family reunification, refugees, citizenship, settlement and integration, and diversity. The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 15.  

For more information about the conference, visit the website here.  More information about the submission process can be found here


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!

Employment Insurance Beneficiaries (EIB)

The Employment Insurance (EI) program provides temporary income support to unemployed workers while they look for employment or upgrade their skills. It also provides special benefits to workers who take time off from work in relation to specific life events (e.g., illness; pregnancy; and caring for a newborn, newly-adopted or critically-ill or injured child or adult). The EIB data consist of person-level, weekly records covering the period of January 1997 to June 2018. It includes information for only one week per month, which coincides with the Labour Force Survey reference week. Each of these weekly records was produced from information available about 3.5 months following the reference period. Individual records cannot be longitudinally linked over time by person or business. 
Each record contains policy-relevant information on the claims, such as the previous occupation of the claimant, insurable hours and earnings, and the claim’s weekly benefit rate. Each record also contains information for the reference week including benefit type, earnings and number of continuous weeks on claim.

Researchers interested in employment, unemployment, remuneration, insurance and social assistance may find this a useful data set. The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit: