Researchers sometimes find that the public-use microdata files made available via the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) are insufficiently detailed for their needs.
The Research Data Centres (RDCs) offer secure access to detailed microdata from population and household surveys, censuses and administrative files in universities across the country. Staffed by Statistics Canada analysts, RDCs operate in accordance with the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act and are accessible only to researchers with approved projects and security clearance.
The Quebec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) offers access to detailed data from large-scale surveys carried out by Statistics Canada and the Institut de la statistique du Québec. It also provides the workspace, equipment and professional as well as technical resources needed to exploit these surveys.