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RDC News: August 2019

August holiday hours changes, Saturday hours, information on the CRDCN Policy Challenge, and profiling a new data set.

Jul 30, 2019

August Hours Changes

This month we will have the following changes to our usual operating hours:

  • CLOSED all day on Monday August 5th for the civic holiday


Saturday Hours - On Demand

In August we will be offering some on-demand Saturday hours.  Please let the Analysts know if you wish to work in the RDC on any of the following Saturdays. We will be open on an 'appointment' basis, only if requested. Please email Anna at, or write your name on the sign-up sheet by the front door in the RDC. (Please sign up by the preceding Thursday.)

Offered dates for Saturday hours are:

  • Saturday, August 17th - 12pm to 4pm


CRDCN National Policy Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the second edition of the CRDCN National Policy Challenge is now open! Are you a graduate student with an interest in quantitative analysis? Are you passionate about Canadian public policy? Do you love data? If so, this analytical competition is for you! Seize the chance to examine an important policy issue of your own choosing using confidential microdata. This is also a great opportunity to use your research results to inform real-world Canadian policy-making and propose innovative policy solutions.

For details about the competition, please visit

We also want to acknowledge Karen Ugarte Bravo, our fellow McMaster RDC researcher, who was the grand winner of the very first CRDCN National Policy Challenge for her analysis of the impact of mandatory universal pharmaceutical insurance on prescription opioid use. Congratulations Karen!


New data sets at the RDC: 

Study on International Money Transfers (SIMT)

The objective of this study is to collect information about international money transfers, from residents of Canada to their relatives or friends living outside Canada.

This study explores topics such as the various ways to send money, reasons for choosing one method over another, and the different uses of the money, as well as amounts transferred, fees and frequency of transferring money. More information on this data set can be found HERE.

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit