Requirements for data access

Population Data BC (PopData) holds population-wide, individual-level data to develop linkages among these data, and to support access to these data for approved research purposes.

PopData is authorized to receive, store, manage, manipulate and further disclose data through Information Sharing Agreements with data providers, as outlined in PopData’s Privacy Impact Assessment. PopData serves as a facilitating and coordinating third party for the creation of this resource for the research community.

Access to data for research purposes is permitted under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and is approved by the data provider responsible for the data. Each application is assessed on its own merits against standard criteria. Many data providers follow a Research Data Access Framework that was jointly developed some years ago.

More generally, these principles of data access may be described using the internationally recognized Five SAFEs model.


DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:


The breakdown:

DARs in preparation/review


Projects with amendments in preparation/review


DARs in post-approval


Projects with data being prepared


Projects being maintained
(inc. 9 DASH & 18 DI Program projects)


CaraSpace projects


Last revised February 8th, 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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