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General Social Survey

RDC News: December 2019

December holiday hours changes, Saturday hours on-demand, and a new data set.

Nov 26, 2019

Holiday Hours Changes

Please note the upcoming changes to the usual centre operating hours this month:

  • early closing on Monday 23rd, at noon
  • CLOSED from Tuesday Dec. 24th - Friday Jan. 3rd, reopening Monday Jan. 6th, 2020
  • Extended hours will start again on Tuesday Jan. 7th


Saturday Hours - On Demand

This month 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, December 14th - 12pm to 4pm


New data sets at the RDC: 

General Social Survey (GSS) - Family

Cycle 31 of the GSS - Family is now available. The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well being of Canadians over time; and to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest.

This survey monitors the changes in the structure of families with respect to marriages, common-law unions, children and fertility intentions.

For more information on this data set, please see:

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