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COVID-19 webinar series

CRDCN is proud to present a series of panel discussions related to COVID-19. This webinar series will engage CRDCN researchers, Statistics Canada subject matter experts and government policy-makers to:

  • Identify emerging questions for COVID-19 related research and corresponding data needs
  • Inform policy-making and program decisions in the immediate and mid-term
  • Facilitate collaborative research and data development to inform Canada's COVID-19 response

Register for any upcoming sessions below or review those you missed. Following the introductory session on May 14th, four additional webinars will focus on one of our strategic research areas. 

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May 14 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  RESEARCH FOR POLICY - RESPONDING TO COVID-19

June 7, 2020, 03:31 PM

Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) Alternatives: Conducting Research During COVID-19

This webinar will be of particular interest to graduate students and faculty - please share widely within your institutions!

Recent physical distancing protocols pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic have meant that RDC researchers need to find alternative ways of carrying out their research. This webinar will be of interest to graduate students, librarians, faculty and researchers. The Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) program offers one alternative way to access confidential Statistics Canada data. Other options include using the Statistics Canada public use files and analyzing data from other sources.

May 11, 2020, 09:59 AM

COVID-19-related Research Proposal

Statistics Canada is evaluating proposals to grant some researchers remote access to confidential data for COVID-19 research that will yield short-term deliverables for government policy and program decisions. Proposals must include at least one letter of support from a senior official responsible for COVID-19 policy or program making (e.g., provincial Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, etc.)

April 29, 2020, 12:12 PM

The Real Time Remote Access System as an alternative to Research Data Centres

Statistics Canada is aware of the impact of the closure of Research Data Centres. Therefore, some of the conditions of its Real-Time Remote Access System (RTDA) have been relaxed.

  • A six month-free subscription is available for all researchers from all Quebec and Canadian universities.
  • Requests for access will be processed faster than usual (within 2 to 4 days). (Generally, it can take up to two weeks to process a request.)
  • Data requests directly related to the COVID-19 Pandemic will be considered (except for business data).

What is Real Time Remote Access?

The RTRA system allows users to run SAS programs, in real time, against microdata located in a central and secure location.

Annonce du Budget du Québec concernant l'accès aux données

Dans son Budget déposé le 10 mars 2020, le gouvernement du Québec prévoit des investissements de 30 millions de dollars dans le cadre du budget 2020-2021 afin de (1) bonifier le processus d’accès aux données pour la recherche (2) optimiser l’infrastructure informatique liée à l’accès aux données et (3) soutenir la Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec.

Le Budget prévoit l'expansion du réseau des Centres d'accès aux données de recherche de l'ISQ (CADRISQ) notamment en milieu universitaire à l'Université de Sherbrooke et à l'Université McGill. D'autres CADRISQ seront mis en place dans certains centres hospitaliers universitaires. Ces centres d'accès aux données de recherche en milieu universitaire s'ajouteront à celui situé dans les locaux du CIQSS à l'Université de Montréal.

Le plan budgétaire est accessible ici.

March 12, 2020, 09:57 AM