Data access

Population Data BC (PopData) is home to one of the world's most comprehensive collections of health care, health services and population health data. These data sets include longitudinal, person-specific, de-identified health data on BC's 4.7 million residents, from 1985 forward.

PopData offers the following services for qualified Researchers:

  • Access to a rich source of linkable, person specific, but de-identified data on British Columbians, including health service records, population health data and census geographic areas
  • Co-ordination of the entire data access process, including guidancesupport, and advice when applying to access our data holdings and/or link them to other data sets (including Researcher-collected data)
  • streamlined, harmonized and transparent access procedure for applying for data from multiple Data Stewards
  • DARonline - An online data access request form featuring user-friendly navigation, help and troubleshooting advice and the ability to generate project-specific documentation
  • Remote access to the Secure Research Environment (SRE), a secure private cloud for data storage and analysis, including encrypted backups, software, and other services to ensure compliance with data access requirements


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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Tools and resources

We provide a range of tools and resources for researchers for use at different stages of the data access process.

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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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