The RDC (or Research Data Centre) is a secure facility where researchers are able to access detailed microdata. There are RDC locations at universities across Canada and an RDC for federal government employees in Ottawa.
The microdata used by CRDCN researchers come primarily from Statistics Canada Survey Master files. These are detailed individual level data. Increasingly, the RDCs are repositories of administrative records from a variety of sources including tax, employment insurance, social assistance, and hospitalization records.