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Research Guides

Translational Research Program

Library resources for students to find health, data/statistical and industry/market information

Regulatory policy in Canada

Canadian Health Policy Resources

Canadian Health Research Collection  

  • full text
  • University of Toronto only
  • select "Canadian Health Research Collection" from the Select Collection box

Health Canada

Public Health Grey Literature Sources (Ontario Public Health Libraries Association) 

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)  

  • produces a range of in-depth analytical reports as well as summary reports called Analysis in Brief, both of which are derived from CIHI's extensive information holdings and data analysis activities
  • Research Analytic Files (Chass)
  • National Health Expenditure Database (1975 - current): National and provincial data, summary tables and detailed reports

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Institutes of Health Research  

Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences (ICES)

PubMed Central Canada  

  • free digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature
  • based on PubMed Central, the archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine

Canadian Health Law Resources

  • governed by a variety of federal and provincial legislation and policies coming from the government and professional associations
  • largely a matter of provincial jurisdiction
  • deals with the legal aspects of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and physical therapy; it also covers the regulation of health care and the provision of medical services, covering a vast array of legal subjects such as mental health, health insurance, patient protection, affordable health care and emergency health care
  • relevant acts include: the Canada Health Act, RSC 1985, c C-6
  • for malpractice/negligence litigation related to various medical professions see: Medical law
  • other related topics include: Bioethics, Negligence, Torts, Administrative law (see the appropriate pages in this guide)

Health Policy Research Organizations

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario offers resources on best practices and professional guidelines in the healthcare sector. Under the dropdown Resources click on Best Practices and Professional Guidelines to find publications that discuss the role and regulatory expectations of Health Information Custodians. The site also offers a detailed overview of Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO)

Cancer Care Ontario is a Government of Ontario agency that acts as the province’s cancer advisor. CCO provides research publications on improvements and innovations in clinical practice and cancer service delivery.

Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)

The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to improving health and health care by advancing the quality, relevance, and application of research on health services and health policy. As the largest and most diverse association of its kind in Canada, CAHSPR provides members with unique opportunities for networking, research collaboration, and career advancement.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.