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RDC News: June 2018

June hours and Saturday extended hours, a call for proposals for the 2018 CRDCN conference, and the availability of a new data set.

May 29, 2018

Saturday Hours - on demand in June

In June 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, June 2nd - 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturday, June 9th - 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturday, June 16th - 12pm to 4pm


CRDCN 2018 National Conference in Hamilton, October 2018: the call for proposals is now live!

Building an Inclusive, Prosperous and Healthy Canada: What Can We Learn From the Data?

The CRDCN 2018 National conference will be held in Hamilton on October 18 &19. The Organizing committee is now accepting proposals; the deadline is June 15. Details and submission online at:
Conference highlights include:

  • A special address by Anil Arora, the Chief Statistician of Canada, who will discuss future directions for Statistics Canada, as 2018 marks the agency's 100th anniversary;
  • Two keynote addresses by: Matthew Mendelsohn, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Results & Delivery), Government of Canada, and by Nicole Fortin, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia.
  • Workshops on the 17th.
  • Travel grants for students who are invited to present at the conference. Details will be posted shortly on the Network’s website.


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!

Extending the Relevance of the Longitudinal Files - revised data 

Statistics Canada has a long history of creating and using record linkages. Record linkage is an important and cost-effective statistical technique used to develop data products that support advanced research and provide insight on important social issues, such as health conditions of low-income, Aboriginals and other Canadian subpopulations. Longitudinal data allow researchers to be able to better understand the factors behind events or problems. Given the importance of longitudinal data in research, it was important to find a way to extend the usefulness of Statistics Canada’s longitudinal data for research purposes. The linking of Statistics Canada survey data to administrative data creates a valuable dataset that can provide answers to important research questions that cannot be found in survey or administrative data alone. 

Updated data files and user guides for the Extending the Relevance of the Longitudinal Files for Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) - Linked to T1 Family File (T1FF), Canadian Vital Statistics Deaths Database and Canadian Cancer Registry, and Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) - Linked to T1 Family File (T1FF), are now available in Research Data Centres across Canada.

For more information, please see:

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