The PopData/HDPBC Data Access Request (DAR) process

Process overview 


What happens during each stage of the Data Access Request process?

We are here to help!

The Data Access Unit (DAU) at Population Data BC (PopData) provides a number of services for Researchers in support of their Data Access Requests (DARs), these include:

  • Providing information and coordination support to help Researchers in preparing DARs, such as guidance on data sets, years, fields, and development of the cohort definition, if required.
  • Advising Researchers on whether their application will go through the HDPBC or the PopData stream.
  • Confirming research team composition and ensuring that all have completed confidentiality undertakings.
  • Undertaking preliminary review of DARs to ensure that applications include all required documentation and information (e.g., ethics review is current and relevant to the project requesting data, investigators are consistently identified, etc.).
  • Sending DARs to the relevant Data Steward(s) for full review and approval.
  • Facilitating communications and additional requirements as necessary and appropriate and to enable timely responses.


DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:427

Last revised July 11th, 2024

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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