The Manitoba Research Data Centre (RDC) is a secure Statistics Canada office on the University of Manitoba campus. The Centre provides access for researchers with approved projects to detailed micro data from Statistics Canada's longitudinal surveys and other household surveys.
Access to the Centre is provided to researchers with a project approved through a special application and peer review program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada. See "Application Process" for further information.
Prior to applying to SSHRC for access to data at the RDC, researchers should become familiar with the public use data files, available through the University of Manitoba library. To do this, go to the University of Manitoba libraries webpage or contact Gary Strike, the data librarian at the Dafoe Library.
The Manitoba RDC offers a comprehensive research environment in which to access and analyze the micro data files with a closed local area network consisting of a powerful Microsoft server that supports PC workstations. Each of the workstations has a range of statistical analysis and word processing software available. A staff member is available in the Centre to provide researchers with information on the RDC program, applying for access, the Statistics Canada data and to assist with the disclosure control process for removing analytic results from the centre. The disclosure control process ensures that no confidential information on respondents leaves the centre.
The Manitoba RDC is part of a national network of Research Data Centres. The RDC program is an initiative by Statistics Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to help strengthen Canada's social research capacity and to support the policy research community.