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Health Statistics & Data

Sources of statistical health data as well as tips and help in finding and using the data.

Key social survey data on health

Statistics Canada is Canada's national statistical agency, and conducts a wide range of social surveys. A number of these surveys ask questions related to the health of Canadians. Results of the surveys are published as research reports, statistical tables, microdata files (anonymized, individual-level datasets of survey responses). 

Additional social survey data is collected by other governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as public opinion pollsters.

Have a look at the following sources:

Key administrative health data

Administrative health data is collected by the government in the course of its regular activities. This includes disease incidence, use of the health care system, health costs, healthcare personnel, and other topics. Access to databases of administrative health data is typically restricted, however, select organizations are mandated with publishing statistics and analysis based on administrative health data.

Have a look at the following sources:

Condition-specific resources

Toronto Statistics & Data

Other sources of health statistics

Going Further: Restricted Data Enclaves

For graduate students, there are some possibilities for gaining more complete access to health databases. Typically these involve an intensive application process, which requires a lead time of weeks or months. If you would like more information or assistance determining whether you need to apply to one of these programs, contact the <a href="">Map & Data Library</a>.