Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre (ORDC)

ORDC is a bilingual centre located in the Morisset Library at the University of Ottawa

The COOL-RDC is now the ORDC! The Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre is a partnership between the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais, with a branch RDC at Carleton University. 

The ORDC provides approved researchers with access to secure Statistics Canada microdata. Since opening, the ORDC has been accessed by numerous researchers, and has contributed to a wide range of presentations, graduate theses, refereed articles, book chapters, working papers, and more.


Access to the ORDC

As of September 7, 2021, everyone coming to the University of Ottawa must certify their vaccination status using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool.

In addition, to ensure the health and safety of everyone, please adhere to the following protocols:

  • Complete uOttawa's COVID-19 Daily Assessment tool prior to arriving on campus
  • Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing must be maintained
  • Users are required to book a workstation to access the ORDC

For more information about the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy, please visit this page.

Booking a workstation

Researchers are required to book a workstation to access the ORDC. Bookings are limited to 4 hours per day, with a maximum of 16 hours per week.

To book a workstation, please visit: 

For booking support, please email or call (613) 562 5800 ext. 2887 during business hours.

Electronic devices

Using or holding an electronic device while in the laboratory is strictly prohibited. Failure to abide by this rule exposes users to an immediate and permanent suspension of access to all RDCs in Canada. Electronic devices can only be used in the conference room.


Data available in the ORDC

Research Data Centres offer a secure access to detailed microdata from Statistics Canada's surveys, and to Canadian censuses' data, as well as to an increasing number of administrative data sets.

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) has a listing of the data available in the RDCs. The search engine help you to find which dataset among all the surveys available in the RDCs best suits your research needs.


Applying for access

Application process

Researchers wishing to access the RDC should create an account on the Statistics Canada Microdata Access Platform (MAP) and follow the steps to create a new proposal. The proposal is evaluated by Statistics Canada for feasibility before access can be granted. In addition, if you are a student, your thesis supervisor must write a letter in support of your RDC application and join the application as a co-investigator. Fees can apply to certain research projects conducted in the RDCs. Consult the University access fees page to learn more. 

For more information, please visit the Microdata Access Portal application process page. Also refer to the Frequently asked questions page on the Microdata Access Portal. 

Protecting confidentially

Note that researchers whose projects are approved will be subject to a security check before being sworn in under the Statistics Act as a 'deemed employees' of Statistics Canada. Deemed employees are subject to all the conditions and penalties of regular Statistics Canada employees, including fines and/or imprisonment for breach of confidentiality.  For more information on deemed employees, see the Frequently asked questions.

Effective December 1, 2016, the RCMP requires all federal public servants in Canada (including RDC researchers and staff) to undergo fingerprinting as part of their security clearance. Additionally, Treasury Board of Canada requires a credit check.

All results to be physically removed from secure areas will be carefully screened for confidential data, whether as direct listings or as possible residual disclosures.


Upcoming events

Save the date! Understanding the Relationship between Parental Work Schedules and Obesity in Children
November 10, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST | Zoom | Free | Register now

Presenter: Jennifer Steward, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration (Carleton University)

Hours of operation

Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Closed: Thursday, September 30, 2021 (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)


Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre

Telephone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2887
Fax: (613) 562-5132

University of Ottawa, Morisset Library
65 University Street, Room MRT 322
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5



Bluette Arcady Mongoue
ORDC Analyst

Cassandra Hope Sydor
ORDC Statistical Assistant

Catherine McGoveran
Academic Director

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