Nipissing University gets grant for StatsCan Data Centre
Researchers can now access survey data in northern Ontario
North Bay's Nipissing University announced the opening of a new research facility today, for researchers looking for census information from Statistics Canada.
The Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) is a high level, secure network and data lab that provides local access to confidential survey data collected by StatsCan.
The surveys will help researchers study a wide range of social and economic issues in Canada. Dr. David Zarifa, who earned funding for the RDC from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, plans to investigate the long-term impact of education and skills on the labour market in northern and rural Canada.
In Ontario, researchers had to travel to either Toronto or Ottawa to access the survey data. Now, they will have access to the $363,000 facility funded by Nipissing University and the federal and provincial governments.
There are 28 other RDCs located at Canadian universities, which are part of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network.