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COVID-19 Statement
The health of the RDC staff and researchers is our priority. Currently, the Bannatyne RDC location is open however, we require pre-booking of workstations at this time through the weekly Doodle poll. We also encourage researchers to view UM's updates regarding mask requirements and other additional information on our COVID-19 updates webpage. The Fort Garry Satellite location is closed until further notice. New projects can still be submitted through the Microdata Access Portal. We appreciate everyone’s understanding, as we navigate these challenging times.

About the Manitoba Research Data Centre

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. Applications are submitted through the Microdata Access Portal. Refer to Projects and application for further information. Prior to applying for access to data at the RDC, researchers should become familiar with the public use data files, available through the University of Manitoba Libraries.

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.

Projects and application

Keep these three steps in mind when creating a proposal for a project:

  • Think about your project in general terms, and find out as much as you can about the data through the Statcan website and the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

  • Talk to the RDC Analyst early in your proposal-writing stage. This can save you a lot of time

  • Submit your proposal four to eight weeks BEFORE you want to begin to work

Approved MB RDC projects

  1. 0-9

  2. A

    1. A call to action towards food equity
    2. Access to VLT and Gambling Behaviours
    3. Accessibility to primary care: A cross‐provincial health policy analysis
    4. An examination of proinflammatory consumption in a Canadian Nationally Representative Sample
    5. An examination of the co‐occurrence and correlates of chronic pain and generalized anxiety disorder in the Canadian population
    6. Anxiety disorder in the Canadian military
    7. Assessing knowledge and use of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating
  3. B

    1. Barriers and facilitators in access to child/youth mental health services
    2. Barriers to immigrants' foreign credential recognition, access to regulated professions and successful integration into the Canadian labour market
  4. C

    1. Canadian Urban Wage Gaps and the Determinants
    2. Child abuse, mental health treatment utilization, and barriers to care
    3. Chronic conditions among military personnel
    4. Clustering of health‐related behaviours in the Canadian adult population and their association with cardiometabolic risk
    5. Comparative analysis on the economic integration of refugees in Canada and Germany
    6. Correlates of Attitudes Towards Help-Seeking in Canadian Forces Members
    7. Cross‐provincial differences in mental disorder prevalence and service use
  5. D

    1. Demographic factors, level of dependence, and unmet equipment and accessibility needs for community dwelling Canadian wheeled mobility device users
    2. Determinants of public support for supply management: A randomized survey experiment
    3. Drugs, alcohol, and suicide deaths among whites aged 50‐54 in Canada: An empirical investigation
  6. E

    1. Estimating Losses in Health‐related Quality of Life Associated With Problem Gambling in Canada
    2. Explaining Educational Achievement Among Aboriginal Individuals: How Important is a Culturally‐relevant Curriculum and Social Influences?
    3. Exploring the acceptability of sugar‐sweetened beverage tax among Canadian Indigenous population
  7. F

    1. Factors that influence the prevalence of type 2 Diabetes among the Aboriginals in Canada
    2. Financial descision-making: The influence of financial capability, stress, and help seeking activities
    3. Financial hardship and care‐related out‐of‐pocket expenditures
    4. Frailty in Canada's chronic kidney disease population
  8. G

    1. Gender difference in trauma exposure and the development of PTSD among Canadian military personnel
  9. H

    1. Handgrip strength as a determinant of cardiometabolic risk factors in children and adolescents
  10. I

    1. Illness-induced posttraumatic stress disorder among Canadian armed forces members and veterans
    2. Implications of the new 2017 AAP clinical practical guidelines for the management of elevated blood pressure in Canadian children ages 6‐18 years
    3. Income insecurity, addictive behaviour and health outcomes
    4. Investigating the relationship between neighbourhood material deprivation and smoking participation: using marginal structural models
  11. J

  12. K

  13. L

  14. M

    1. Meeting needs and incentivizing independence
    2. Mental Health and Type 2 Diabetes in Youth
  15. N

    1. New Sampling Technique for Estimating the Proportion in Spatially Correlated Populations with Covariates
  16. O

    1. O brother how art thou: Propensity to report self‐assessed unmet need
  17. P

    1. Parent and family factors that are associated with reduced odds of spanking
    2. Parental Leave Benefits and Seasonality of Births in Canada
    3. Patterns of victimization among different population groups
    4. Perceived discrimination among immigrants to Canada: Examining some socio‐demographic factors
    5. Peri‐natal outcomes of Canadian‐born infants according to maternal and paternal place of birth
    6. Positive functioning and emotional well‐being among Canadian armed forces personnel with and without a child abuse history
    7. Poverty and dysglycemia In Canada children and adolescents
    8. Prevalence and predictors of workplace stress in health care occupations in 3 Canadian provinces and interaction of workplace stress with health and absence from work
    9. Project Proposal to Access the Longitudinal Immigration Database and the General Social Survey on Work and Home
  18. Q

  19. R

    1. Refugee Labour Market Experience and Integration Trajectories in Canada
    2. Relationship between lifetime traumatic events, mental disorders, and suicidal behaviours in Canadian military personnel
  20. S

    1. Sex differences in childhood maltreatment and adolescent sleep patterns
    2. Social assistance participation rates and labour supply response: Logitudinal analysis of the Ontario Social Assistance Data pilot
    3. Spanking, mental disorders, physical health conditions, and defiant adolescent
    4. Spatial modeling of colon cancer in Manitoba
    5. Spatial modeling of leukemia cancer in Manitoba
    6. Spatial modeling of liver cancer in Manitoba
    7. Spatial modeling of lung cancer in Manitoba
    8. Spatial modeling of respiratory morbidity conditions in Manitoba
    9. Statistical modeling of chronic diseases in the province of Manitoba using surveys CHMS and CHS
    10. Suicidal behaviour and utilization of relevant medical services among the diabetic population of Canada
    11. Surgery Delays and cancellations in Canada
  21. T

    1. The Causal Effect of Job Loss on Canada's Immigrant General and Mental Health: Dynamic Comparison Study based on the National Population Health Survey (2000‐2011)
    2. The Effects of Indian Residential School Attendance on Educational Attainment and Income
    3. The association between child maltreatment and IPV in interracial relationships in Canada
    4. The association between child maltreatment and dating violence in Canada
    5. The association between child maltreatment and postseparation violence in Canada
    6. The association between child maltreatment and pregnancy violence in Canada
    7. The association between child maltreatment and violence against person with disability in Canada
    8. The effect of retirement on health and health behaviour in Canada: Evidence from national population health survey
    9. The impact of minimum wages on the joint distribution of wages and employment
    10. The relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental and physical health among adolescent boys and girls in Ontario, Canada
    11. The relationship between child maltreatment and at‐risk sexual behaviours and dating violence in adolescence
    12. The relationship between experiences of child maltreatment and bullying, victimization and mental disorders, physical health conditions, and suicidality among adolescents in Ontario
    13. Trends in alcohol use in Canadian Forces
  22. U

    1. Using frequency of gambling and interference with important life domains to develop evidence‐based recommendations for responsible gambling in Canada
  23. V

  24. W

    1. Will the development of chronic disease influence health‐related behaviour among Canadian adults in a 17‐year longitudinal National Population Health Survey?
  25. X

  26. Y

  27. Z


2023 RDC Award Recipients

MD Aslam Hossain
Meredith Jayne Seager
Erin White
Mya Kidson

Frequently asked questions

How can I learn more about Research Data Centres (RDCs)?

Go to the Statistics Canada web site for the Research Data Centres Program. You will find information about how to write a proposal, the approvals process, the kinds of data available and examples of projects that have been conducted at the RDCs across the country.

I think I want to use the National Population Health Survey or the Canadian Community Health Survey, but how can I find out more about the data?

The Statistics Canada website has brief introductions to the various data sources available through the RDCs. For those surveys, such as the earlier cycles of the NPHS, that have public use microdata files, there is no substitute for getting a copy of the public use files, and exploring them. We have access to public use data through the Data Liberation Initiative.

Gary Strike is the data librarian at the University of Manitoba's Dafoe Library (Fort Garry campus) who can facilitate access. You can find out more about public use data on the Libraries webpage, or email Gary Strike to find out how to arrange to get your own copy to take home and work with.

I've explored the public use data and I think I have a project that the data will support. What do I do now?

The Research Analyst can talk to you about whether your project is appropriate for the RDC, and help you write a proposal to gain approval. The Analyst's telephone number is 204-789-3293 and email address is

Here are some guidelines to help you decide between RDC and DLI data.Access to each depends on the research subject and methodology used:


Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

Research Data Centres (RDCs)


Postsecondary academic staff and students

Researcher with accepted proposal


Restricted to teaching and research purposes

SSHRC peer review and deemed Statistics Canada employee status


Standard data products such as:

  • public-use microdata files from the Canadian Community Health Survey, the General Social Survey and the Household Internet Survey databases such as the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model and the Inter-Corporate Ownership
  • census standard products
  • aggregated data on subjects such as justice and education
  • geography products


What do you mean "whether my project is appropriate"?

If you can complete your project using public use (DLI) data, then the project will not be approved. Any study that requires a longitudinal methodology, where the same people are followed in more than one time period, requires RDC access. The public use files often suppress particular variables that your project may require, such as geographic variables.

Will the Research Analyst be able to help me with my methodology?

The Analyst will be able to tell you about the data, but is not a statistical consultant. RDC Analysts can talk to you about what methods might be appropriate for the data you want to use, but specific questions about statistical modeling or software packages should be referred to your statistical consulting unit.

What software packages are available?

We currently have SAS, SPSS, STATA, SUDDAN, Lisrel, HLM, StatTransfer and WesVar available for use, along with Microsoft Office. If you require different or additional software, we will decide on a case-by-case basis whether the RDC will purchase a license for the software and install it permanently, or whether you will be asked to provide your own (licensed) software.

We expect to make available packages that are likely to be used by many people, but we will add these packages as projects are approved.

Contact us

Manitoba Research Data Centre
Room 390 Brodie Centre
727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada