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A key part of the Partnership is to lower barriers to accessing Canadian firm and workplace level data for researchers so that productivity research can be conducted more effectively. There are funds available to assist in this goal.

Unsure what is possible using CDER datasets? Explore this presentation to find out what is possible

Exploring Research Opportunities through the Productivity Partnership

To view projects currently being funded, please visit our Research Section.

For questions regarding the Partnership application, contact the Research Coordinator at

For questions regarding the MAD application, contact

Project Application Steps

As of April 1, 2020, the data access component of CDER has been transferred to the Microdata Access Division (MAD), and the application process has since changed. Until the process is finalized on our website, please follow the steps below:

1. Applications must first be submitted on the Microdata Access Portal. Please follow the steps indicated on the application process.

2. Should you have any questions on the above process, please contact MAD at

3. The application will be evaluated for feasibility. 

4. The Partnership's Research Coordinator, Alyssa Drost, will contact the applicants to submit the Partnership application. This application must be completed in addition to the MAD application mentioned above.

5. The Partnership’s Steering Committee will evaluate the project to see if it aligns with the Partnership’s research goals. The Steering Committee will communicate directly with all applicants listed on the application if it requires clarification or has questions.

6. Once the Steering Committee has granted approval, the Partnership’s Research Coordinator will inform all the applicants and MAD.

7. MAD will then communicate with the applicants as to the timeline for the project.

8. Before starting any work on MAD data, all applicants who will be involved in the data development and/or analysis on an approved project must complete the following (see Special Circumstances for exceptions). MAD will be in touch with the applicants to initiate the process:

   a. obtain a valid security status – reliability level

   b. take the Oath of Office in Section 6(1) of the Statistics Act to be deemed an employee of Statistics Canada for the duration of their project

   c. sign a Microdata Research Contract, and agree to comply with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Statistics Canada Code of Conduct and the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment

9. Researchers with approved projects are required to:

  • List on any products, “This project was funded by the Productivity Partnership as supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.” You may use the SSHRC and Productivity Partnership logos.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures of the Partnership and administering university

Please check our website regurlarly as these application steps may change. 

Funding Amount:

  • The amount of funding varies depending on data requirements and project goals, among other things. 
  • Funds will be supplied upon the approval of data and work feasibility from MAD and approval from the Partnership’s Steering Committee.

Special Circumstances

Co-investigator not involved in data development and analysis
If you are a co-investigator and will not be involved in the data development and/or analysis, then you will only have to complete (8a) in Application Steps.

If you are a supervisor and would like to discuss the results with students, you will need to complete (8a), (8b), and (8c) in Application Steps.

Researchers who are not Canadian
If you are a researcher who is not Canadian, you must have a Canadian co-investigator. The latter will have to complete (8a), (8b), and (8c) in Application Steps.

Project Application

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Conference Application

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Expenses Submission

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