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What is <odesi>?: (Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure) is a digital repository for social science data, including polling data with a web-based data exploration, extraction and analysis tools. (more on <odesi>)
Laurentian users can use <odesi> to access Statistics Canada microdata files (PUMFs), extracts from the CIHI Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), an extensive collection of Canadian opinion polls, and assorted, historical datasets unavailable elsewhere. <odesi> allows users to explore variables and values, and to create customs tabulations and subsets in a web browser.
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Statistics Canada Microdata

Data Liberation Initiative (DLI): Statistics Canada division which makes available public use microdata files (PUMFs), databases and geographic files. The DLI primarily distributes StatCan microdata but also includes the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) and some data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information's Discharge Abstract Database (DAD). Some of these files may be retrieved from the <odesi> portal. Other files must be requested directly by our team. For more information, please contact

Research Data Centers (RDC): RDCs provide researchers with access, in a secure university setting, to microdata from population and household surveys. The centres are staffed by Statistics Canada employees. RDCs are located throughout the country; the closest RDC to Laurentian is in North Bay, Ontario at Nipissing University. For more information, please contact