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Research Data Centres

A national network

The Research Data Centres (RDC) program is a national network established as part of the Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics (CISS). This initiative was originally a collaborative program between the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada to strengthen our country's social research capacity, support policy relevant research, and to provide insight on important issues to the Canadian public. Specifically, the RDCs provide increased use of Statistics Canada's micro data for academic and policy relevant research.

The Research Data Centres program is operated through a partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Statistics Canada and a consortium of universities across the country so that researchers will not be obliged to travel to Ottawa to access confidential Statistics Canada data. 

The RDC network consists of 15 RDCs, with the Atlantic Research Data Centre being one of these centre. In addition, there are six branch RDCs and and one Federal Research Data Centre in Ottawa. Currently 43 post secondary institutions are members of the network.