This course introduces participants to the use of the extensive Statistics Canada data and statistics that are available through the public website and the secure Research Data Centre (RDC) at York University. York University community members have an exceptional research opportunity to access and analyze the broad-ranging and detailed confidential data (microdata) from over 80 high quality household and population surveys. In order to assist you in determining which surveys are relevant to your research, an overview of the Statistics Canada public use data and the secure RDC data will be given, including for example, the National Population Health Survey, the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, and the General Social Survey. The second part of the Short Course will cover the practical issues involved in accessing and handling Statistics Canada data, and important resources such as codebooks providing complete information on the data and variables. You are encouraged to bring a laptop and to work with the illustrative public use files and documents.