Available data sets

Data available

To know more about the datasets available for research, use the following search engine tool on the Canadian Research Data Centre Network websiteas well as the available data from l’Institut de la statistique du Québec listed on their website (CADRISQ) 

There are over 165 data sets from surveys, census and administrative files that can be accessed in the McGill QICSS laboratory. Here are some examples:


Conducted every 5 years by Statistics Canada, the Census develops a statistical portrait of Canada and Canadians on one specific day. The census is designed to provide information about people and housing units in Canada by their demographic, social and economic characteristics. 


The Longitudinal and International Study of Adults collects information from people across Canada about their jobs, education, health and family. This longitudinal panel survey follows respondents every two years, allowing researchers to observe and study the impact of Canadian adults' decisions (e.g. going back to school, having a child, changing career, getting married) and life events (e.g. getting ill, having a partner die, becoming homeless, retiring).


The Canadian Community Health Survey collects information on health status, health care use and determinants of health. It is an annual survey that relies on a large sample of respondents. It is designed to provide reliable estimates at the regional level, far more pinpointed than generally available information. Each year, the CCHS has a rapid response component, offered to organizations interested in national estimates on an emerging or specific issue related to the population's health. In recent years, topics have included the use of antibiotic, prescription medication and tanning equipment, the risk factors of heart disease, discrimination and specific health issues like sleep apnea, infertility, mental health and osteoporosis.


The Intergenerational Income Database links children and their parents using administrative tax data, allowing researchers and analysts to study intergenerational phenomena such as transmission of earnings from parents to children and income mobility. 


The Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Linkage Platform follows post secondary students during and after their studies. Not only does it allow researchers to look at students tendencies during their studies (program change, university change, continuation of studies to another level or abandonment of studies) but, linked with the subject's tax file data, this database tracks the financial impact and employability of students once they have completed their academic path.

Linked Datasets


The Canadian Community Health Survey linked to the Discharge Abstract Database is a massive set of healthcare data. Linking together the data from health surveys taken by patients and discharge information completed by healthcare professionals, it is possible to track the trajectory of patients in the healthcare system and of multiple factors of health, disease or death. 


The Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort links data from three different sources: the census of population, the T1 Universe Files (place of residence) and the Canadian Mortality database. It helps researchers examine mortality outcomes by census characteristics.


The General Social Survey Cycle 25 linked to annual tax files (TIFF) 1982-2013 and Immigrant Landing File (ILF) 2014 is a record linkage project brings together data from the 2011 General Social Survey (cycle 25), the annual tax files (TIFF) from 1982 to 2013, and the 2014 Immigrant Landing File (ILF). The purpose of the linkage project is to better understand and quantify the impact of family transitions experienced (i.e. union formation or dissolution, birth or adoption of a child, etc.) by Canadians on their socio-economic well-being.

Canadian Employer Employee Dynamics Database (CEEDD)

The Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database (CEEDD) is a collection of interconnected files managed by Statistics Canada. It facilitates the connection between individuals and their employers within the Canadian job market. This dataset, which allows for linking employers and employees, is constructed from processed administrative data sources provided by Statistics Canada (StatCan), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Other datasets

Longitudinal Administrative Databank

Canadian Cancer Registry

Uniform Crime Reporting Survey

National Cannabis Survey

Employment Insurance Beneficiaries

Click here to view all the available datasets with the CRDCN dataset search engine.

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