FOR DATA PROVIDERS
Public and private bodies in British Columbia, such as government agencies, routinely collect information on individuals for administrative purposes. Access to such data and the ability to link those data across sectors, such as health, education, early childhood development, workplace and the environment, helps us to better understand the complex interplay of influences on human health, well-being and development. Such research informs health-related policy-making and investment decisions, leading to healthier communities.
Population Data BC is a multi-university, data and education resource working with Data Providers in British Columbia to provide access to data for research in the public-interest under section 35 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Facilitating access to such data for research purposes, while at the same time ensuring confidentiality and the protection of an individual’s privacy, is our mandate.
We support research access to individual-level, de-identified longitudinal data from a number of Data Providers on British Columbia’s four million residents. These data are linkable to each other and to external data sets, where approved by the Data Provider.
Learn more about the difference that research using the data held at Population Data BC is making to the health of British Columbians in the Research in Action section of our website, where you will find:
If you are interested in learning more about providing researchers with access to your data through Population Data BC, please contact our Contracts and Agreements Lead for a more detailed discussion.