UNBC Research Data Centre

Located in the UNBC Library, the UNBC Research Data Centre (RDC) provides Northern BC researchers with the opportunity to access and analyze detailed microdata from an increasing array of survey, census and administrative data.  Researchers working in RDCs have access to Statistics Canada Statistical Assistants and Analysts who can provide advice and assistance to researchers. Graduate and honours students are also encouraged to apply to use the data to support their research.  In most cases, use of the RDC is free for researchers affiliated with UNBC! 

Please contact us at any time if you are interested in learning more about research opportunities within the RDC (rdc@unbc.ca) or 250-960-5332.


We are generally open on Mondays and Wednesdays, but the schedule may be flexible, depending on researcher needs and staff availability. Please refer to our Hours for full schedule.

Upcoming Event:

The UNBC RDC, the Canadian Research Data Centre Network, and the UNBC Health Research Institute are pleased to announce the following presentation:

Linked Health Data: New Research Opportunities for Health Information

  • Date: October 17, 2019
  • Time: Networking and refreshments from 2:00-2:30, Presentation from 2:30-4:00pm.  Further opportunities for questions and networking will also be available after the presentation.
  • Location: UNBC Campus room 7-158 or online 

Presenter: Gisèle Carrièr, Senior Social Science Researcher, Health Analysis Division, Analytical Studies Branch , Statistics Canada

Abstract: Our presentation provides an overview and update of linked population health data available in Statistics Canada Research Data Centres for people to access to conduct their research. This describes administrative data linkages as well as survey-based linked administrative health data to provide people with information about what data sources have been linked, why these were enhanced through record linkage, and demonstrates how linked data provide new features that have been used to address policy-relevant questions. Explanations of ‘how’ present published research findings to illustrate the use of these linked health data holdings at Statistics Canada. The presentation covers these linked data sources: the Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohorts (CanCHECs), from 1991 to 2011 linked to mortality, hospital and cancer data, as well as the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) samples from 2000/2001 to 2016 that were linked to mortality and/or hospital administrative data. Strengths and considerations concerning each linked data source are described, and finally information is shared to guide data users accessing these data holdings at Statistics Canada Research Data Centres.  

Presenter Bio: Gisèle Carrière is a Senior Social Science Researcher with Statistics Canada. Her background includes an MA in Experimental Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and experience within community-based women’s health services in Vancouver. Having started her public service career working with administrative justice databases within the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Gisèle has been very pleased to work within Health Analysis Division to use and develop our broad range of linked administrative databases and registries to conduct population health service use research. Gisèle’s specific interests include development of new methods for using administrative data, as well as investigations into differences in health service use across population groups in Canada.

For more information about this event, please contact rdc@unbc.ca.


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The RDC is located at UNBC's Prince George Campus on the main floor of the library (room 5-135).  For additional information, please contact Fiona MacPhail, UNBC RDC Academic Director: Fiona.MacPhail@unbc.ca or Larine Sluggett, RDC Statistical Assistant at rdc@unbc.ca or (250) 960-5332.