Statistics Canada provides access to select Masterfile subsets through the Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) online tabulation tool. "Researchers using the RTRA system do not gain direct access to the microdata and cannot view the content of the microdata file."
For projects that don't require analysis at small levels of geography, the RTRA service can allow you to calculate certain types of statistics for:
Retrieving tables through Statistics Canada's RTRA service is a much quicker and simpler process than getting access to Masterfiles in the Research Data Centres (which can take months and requires a security screening).
Dalhousie Libraries has a subscription to Statistics Canada's RTRA online tabulation tool. If you are a Dalhousie-affiliated student, professor, or researcher, we can submit SAS code to the tool on your behalf (we have a limited number of free submissions a day), and send you the resulting output file.
However, writing SAS code for use in the RTRA tool and troubleshooting any error messages in the resulting output file remains the responsibility of the student, professor, or researcher submitting an RTRA request.
Generating or writing SAS code for use with the RTRA tool does not require you to have access to a copy of the SAS statistical software. See the rest of this page for more information on writing SAS code for the RTRA online tabulation tool.
For any additional information about the RTRA, for questions about acquiring a SAS license, to get a copy of useful documentation about the RTRA, for a copy of a shell program, for survey documentation, or to provide SAS code for Dal Libraries to submit to the RTRA on your behalf, please contact Julie Marcoux at Julie.Marcoux@dal.ca.