The Research Data Centre

Prairie Regional Research Data Centre

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Data access

The Centre is open to all persons, researchers and affiliated partners with the CRDCN or 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. For individuals not affiliated with a partner university, access is available on a fee-for-service basis.

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Publicly available data and resources

  • Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

    The DLI is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada for improving access to Canadian data resources. As a participating institution of the DLI, Western provides access to a large collection of Public Use Microdata files (PUMFs) and a special collection of aggregate data tables.

  • Real-Time Remote Access (RTRA) System

    The RTRA system is an online remote access facility allowing users to run SAS programs, in real-time, against microdata sets located in a central and secure location. A full range of descriptive statistics is available through the Real-Time Remote Access tool. RTRA users can calculate frequencies, means, percentiles, proportions, ratios, and shares.

    Researchers using the RTRA system do not gain direct access to the microdata and cannot view the content of the microdata file. Instead, users submit SAS programs to extract results in the form of frequency tables. As RTRA researchers cannot view the microdata, becoming a deemed employees of Statistics Canada is no longer necessary. This relationship is the basis that allows the RTRA to service its clients rapidly. For information on how to apply, please visit the Statistics Canada process and guidelines.