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: coolrdc.skedda.com.
For booking support, please email cdro-ordc@uOttawa.ca or call (613) 562 5800 ext. 2887 during business hours.
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
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.
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.
Introduction to your Research Data Centre
October 5, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST | Zoom | Free | Register now
Presenters: Chantal Ripp, Research Librarian (University of Ottawa), Jane Fry, Data Librarian (Carleton university)
Unlock the power of confidential microdata to drive your research forward to conduct unprecedented analysis. This presentation will introduce you to the Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre located at the University of Ottawa and the Carleton Research Data Centre, Branch Office. We will explore the data available in the RDC as well as the process on how to gain access.
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
resenter: 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
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
Bluette Arcady Mongoue
Cassandra Hope Sydor
ORDC Statistical Assistant