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RDC News: July 2021

Upcoming holiday hour changes, Saturday hours for July, and a new data set.

Jun 24, 2021

Upcoming holiday hours changes


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

  • CLOSED for Canada Day, Thursday July 1st AND Friday July 2nd.

Have a safe and happy long weekend!


Saturday Hours - On Demand

This month we will be offering on-demand Saturday hours.  We will be open on an 'appointment' basis, only if requested - this will be done through the online booking system (at

Offered dates for Saturday hours this month are:

  • Saturday, July 10th - 12pm to 4pm



CRDCN National Policy Challenge Winners

Each year the CRDCN National Policy Challenge encourages student researchers to share their policy ideas and to promote the use of confidential microdata in developing innovative, evidence-driven policy solutions. 

This year's first place winners, from here at the McMaster RDC, were Sukhdeep Kaur & Celine Teo (both of Brock University). with their presentation "Substance related acute care disparities by sexual orientations: Investigating the socio-environmental determinants of risk".  You can watch a video of the presentation HERECongratulations Celine and Sukhdeep!


REMINDER: RDC reopening protocols

Please continue to visit to make your bookings.

A reminder that we must still comply with campus requirements, so researchers MUST complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool prior to coming to campus.  We will ask that you show the assessment results (e.g. on your phone) to an Analyst when you arrive at the RDC. 



New data sets at the RDC: 

Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health (SCMH)

The purpose of the Survey on COVID-19 and Mental Health is to collect data to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of Canadians. Given that the pandemic has significantly altered our daily lives, it is necessary to gather information on its effects on mental health and coping skills.

Topics include behaviours and symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide risk, pressure on parents, substance use, household violence, as well as general mental health.

More information on this survey can be found HERE.

If you would like more information on how to submit a proposal for access to this data see  For more information about the RDC program please contact your local RDC analyst.