Academic Researchers

The Ministry of Health grants access to ministry data to academic researchers on a case-by-case basis. Population Data BC provides support for academic researchers requesting access to ministry data including PharmaNet or a health information bank.

The Research Data Access Framework presents principles and responsibilities in the data access request process.

Researchers need to familiarize themselves with all documentation and details of the process before submitting applications for data.

New Data Requests and Amendments

Population Data BC assists academic researchers with completing the application for health data access and submits the application package to the Ministry of Health on the researcher's behalf. Learn more about the application process and get your application started.

PharmaNet Data Requests

PharmaNet is the province wide network that links all B.C. pharmacies to a central set of data systems. Every prescription dispensed in B.C. is entered into PharmaNet. Academic researchers may request access to PharmaNet data for a variety of research purposes. Learn more about the application process.

Requests to Contact B.C. Residents

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act allows academic researchers to request and obtain information necessary to contact individuals for the purpose of recruiting for a research study. If you would like to contact B.C. residents as part of your research study, learn more about the process and how you can apply for permission.

BC Data Scout

BC Data ScoutTM is a data query service intended to provide cohort information in the form of highly aggregated, approximate results to researchers who are planning a study using Ministry of Health Data. The information provided in the report output is intended to be complete enough to determine the feasibility of a study, but not detailed enough to answer research questions, or replace the need for a full Data Access Request (DAR).