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RDC News: September 2017

Directions to our new location, a request for proposals, new data sets, and wishing a happy retirement to Byron Spencer.

Aug 29, 2017

 Upcoming Closures AND new location: 

We will have the following changes to our usual hours:

  • closed all day on Monday Sept. 4th (Labour Day)

A reminder that we are now open in our new location - Room 5806 in Wilson Hall. Here are the instructions to enter the RDC:

  • Take the elevator up to the 5th floor. 
  • Turn right and walk to the wood door at the end of the hall (follow the green sign).  The sign by the door will read ‘Social Sciences Data Laboratories’.
  • On the wall on the right-hand side there is a swipe card pad. Use your same RDC swipe card to unlock this door. (If you have trouble, the blue button labelled ‘RDC’ is our doorbell.)
  • Once through the door, turn left and follow the green sign to the door at the end of the hall. There is a second swipe pad – swipe to enter the RDC.

We hope you enjoy our new space!


Request for proposals: Employment Insurance Program Status Vector/Data Pilot Project, Fall 2017

To increase the accessibility of administrative data from the Employment Insurance program, Statistics Canada, together with Employment and Social Development Canada, is conducting a pilot project. Researchers with approved projects will have access to the Status Vector (EISV) data through the Research Data Centres (RDCs). In addition to providing data access, this pilot will enable Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada to determine appropriate vetting rules for, and develop collective knowledge of, the EISV data.  It will also allow Statistics Canada to test and evaluate an accelerated process of data provisioning and access.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, September 29 to Mustafa Ornek,  If you have questions regarding proposal development or the EISV data, please contact Lee Grenon ( For more information see the document attached to this email or email an RDC analyst.


Wishing a happy retirement to Bryon Spencer!

After 51 years at McMaster University, which includes serving as the Executive Director of the Statistics Canada Canadian Research Data Centre Network and Academic Director of the McMaster RDC, Byron Spencer has retired.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Spencer for his many years of service and support of the RDC.  We now welcome Mike Veall of the Department of Economics as our new Academic Director!


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!


Longitudinal Administrative Databank (LAD) available

The Longitudinal Administrative Databank - a sample of individual taxfilers with a longitudinal design - is now available for download and can be accessed by researchers with approved projects.

More information can be found on our RDC website:  


CCHS & Vital Statistics - Death database

As part of its record linkage program, Statistics Canada linked the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) cycles 1.1 – 2011, and CCHS Focus Content cycles on mental health (1.2) and healthy aging (4.2), to the Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database (CVSD) for years 2000 to 2011. 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.

The Vital Statistics Death Database is an administrative survey that collect demographic information annually on all deaths in Canada.  Responding to these surveys is mandatory, with a central Vital Statistics Registry in each province and territory providing data to Statistics Canada. These are excellent sources of information for researchers interested in analyzing deaths, diseases and health conditions, population demographics, and life expectancies.

For further details, please go to the information pages on Statistics Canada website:

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