Data sets available

Population Data BC (PopData) facilitates access to data from PopData partners, including both federal and provincial sources, and  supports the delivery of the BC Ministry of Health's Health Data Platform (HDP). A wide range of data, from both federal and provincial sources is available across these access streams.

Data available through PopData and the HDP

  • Data sets are linkable to each other, and to other externally-managed data sets (including researcher-collected data), where approved by the data provider
  • PopData supports access to data sets from other data sources, for example a data set from a provider that is not currently a data partner, and with whom PopData would need to negotiate an information sharing agreement
  • Spatial data may also be used in conjunction with many data sets available through PopData

Core vs. Non-Core Data

  • Core Data: Some data available through PopData and the HDP are ‘Core Data’. Core Data are data identified by the data provider as 'Safe Data' and eligible for pre-approved release, with the exception of PharmaNet data. Core Data includes commonly-requested data columns, but not necessarily all of the columns available in a data set. For example, some Core Data fields, such as geography or organisational codes, have been suppressed for increased privacy.

    Please note that the overall data access request is subject to meeting ALL of the Five SAFEs requirements, not just the Safe Data component. For more detail on the Five SAFEs, visit the HDP website.
     
  • Non-Core Data: Non-Core Data are data NOT identified by the data provider as 'Safe Data' and thus are NOT eligible for pre-approved release. Access to Non-Core Data follows the usual processes and will not follow expedited review procedures.

For the majority of DARs, requesting access to Core Data may make the data access approval process quicker and reduce the wait time for data access. It may also reduce the need for time-consuming data amendments related to a request for additional data fields or changes to study populations.


Data sets available 

The tables below show the data sets available by category. For more detailed information on the data set, click on the name of the data set. 

Demographic
Demographic data set icon Data set Data type 

HDP

PopData 

BC Vital Events and Statistics: Births
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry

Core

Core
Non-Core

BC Vital Events and Statistics: Deaths
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry

Core

Core
Non-Core

BC Vital Events and Statistics: Marriages
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry Core

Core
Non-Core

BC Vital Events and Statistics: Stillbirths
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry Core

Core
Non-Core

Central Demographics File (MSP Registration and  Premium Billings, Client Roster and Census Geodata)/Consolidation File
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry Core

Core
Non-Core

 

Education
Education data set icon Data set Data type 

HDP

PopData 

K to 12 Student Demographics and Achievements
Data source: Ministry of Education
Administrative  

Non-Core

 

Environment and Resources
Environment and Resources data set icon Data set Data type 

HDP

PopData 

Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE)
Data source: various

Various  

Non-Core

 

Health

Health data set icon Data set

Data type

HDP

PopData 

811
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative Core Core
Non-Core
BC Cancer Registry
Data source: BC Cancer
Registry

 

Non-Core

BC Perinatal Data Registry
Data source: Perinatal Services BC
Registry/Administrative

 

Non-Core

Chronic Disease Registry
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry

Core

Core
Non-Core

COVID Acute Admissions
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative Core Core
Non-Core
COVID Case data
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative Core Core
Non-Core
COVID Test Lab
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Lab results

Core

Core
Non-Core

Discharge Abstracts Database (Hospital Separations)
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

Core

Core
Non-Core

Health System Matrix
Data source: BC Minis
Administrative Core Core
Non-Core
Home and Community Care (Continuing Care)
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

 

Core
Non-Core

ICU Admissions
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative Core Core
Non-Core
Medical Services Plan (MSP) Payment Information File
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

Core

Core
Non-Core

Mental Health Services
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

 

Core
Non-Core

National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS)
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

Core

Core
Non-Core

PCM - Acute Inpatient 2016/2017 Survey
Data source: Various
Survey

 

Core
Non-Core

PCM - Emergency Department 2018 Survey
Data source: Various
Survey

 

Core
Non-Core

PCM - Long Term Care Survey 2016/2017
Data source: Various
Survey

 

Core
Non-Core

PharmaCare
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

 

Core
Non-Core

PharmaNet
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative

Core

Core
Non-Core

Registration and Premium Billings (RBP Lite, unconsolidated)
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Administrative  

Core
Non-Core

Transfusion Registry
Data source: BC Ministry of Health
Registry Core Core
Non-Core

 

Social
Social data set icon Data set Data type 

HDP

PopData 

Early Development Instrument
Data source: Human Early Learning Partnership
Survey  

Non-Core

Middle Years Development Instrument
Data source: Human Early Learning Partnership
Survey  

Non-Core

Permanent Residents
Data source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Administrative  

Non-Core

 

Work and Income
Work and Income data set icon Data set Data type 

HDP

PopData 

Income Band
Data source: Statistics Canada

Administrative

 

Non-Core

WorkSafeBC Claims. Injury and Firm Level files
Data source: WorkSafeBC

Administrative

 

Non-Core

 

Support for COVID-19 research

PopData is partnering with a number of organizations to support research related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Need pan-Canadian data?

The Data Access Support Hub (DASH) is a one-stop data access service portal for researchers requiring multi-jurisdictional data in Canada.

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