Apply for Data Access

Where to Start

Below are the steps to take in preparation to apply for data access.

Step 1: Identify what data sets your research needs.

  • The Health Data Platform BC offers diverse health sector datasets. To learn more about the available data, metadata information, and the latest data refresh timelines, go to Data Sets.

Step 2: Identify which type of request your application falls under.

  • There are two types of request that an application can fall under. To learn more about the projects that could be approved for the HDPBC Program, go to Request Types.

Step 3: Collect required materials and documentation.

  • Each request type has its own documentation requirements. For detailed information, please visit FAQs.


Request Types

There are two types of requests your application can fall under based on who is sponsoring the project.

Organizational Request 

If your request is sponsored by public sector health organizations like the BC Ministry of Health or provincial health authorities or involves academic researchers employed or contracted by them, please review this section.
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Academic Research Request

Academic research requests are initiated by academic researchers affiliated to a post-secondary institution in Canada and who are NOT an employee or contracted service provider to a public health sector organization.
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How to Apply?

Download and fill out the (DAR) Data Access Request form (PDF). Once completed, submit it to

How to Apply?

Visit PopDataBC website to learn more about the process and how to submit your application. 

Note: Academic Researchers affiliated to academic institution who are ALSO Employee or contracted Service provider for a BC health authority or BC Ministry of Health - contact your Health Authority's Point of Contact. Your Health Authority Point of Contact will determine if your project meets the criteria for an organizationally sponsored project as well as receive approval from the Health Authority's Organizational Designate PRIOR to submitting your DAR form.

If your project has team members from multiple HDPBC sponsoring organizations, then you will require a secondary approval from the respective Health Authorities' Organizational Designates.