The Centre is open to all persons who have appropriate clearance from Statistics Canada. Access to data is allowed upon approval of an application that has been peer reviewed through a process managed jointly by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and Statistics Canada.
Before applying for access to Statistics Canada data through the Research Data Centre, it is advisable to check on the data accessible through its Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) Program for Canadian post secondary institutions. Researchers can access the DLI data through Odessi at http://odesi.ca or to http://www62.statcan.ca/webview/ which is the Nesstar Service operated by the Data Liberton Initiative at Statistics Caanda. Please note that whichever system is used, the Researcher needs to be coming in from a Western IP address to be able to download data.