Microdata are the individual responses or observations, before statistical analysis has been applied. Sometimes referred to as "raw" data. Microdata usually needs to be interpreted using analysis software. Microdata collected about people needs to be anonymized before they can be published for public use so specific individuals cannot be identified.
Note: Not all data in ICPSR is open but a significant portion is available to the public.
Research Data Centres
Researchers can apply to gain access microdata sets through the RDC. These sets touch on a wide variety of themes related to Canadian society. Use the links below to explore the possibilities for your research project.
Microdata Analysis Tools
DLI (Data Liberation Initiative) Collection
The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada for improving access to Canadian data resources. The DLI Collection is composed of data products produced by Statistics Canada.
A directory of all DLI data is available here. Options for accessing DLI data, include: