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Website Privacy Notice

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)’s website is made up of certain web pages (such as this page), products (such as Health Indicators 2011 and National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2011), services (such as the Patient Cost Estimator and CIHI Portal), health data, and other works and information. These will all be referred to below as “CIHI Materials.” When we refer only to the web pages making up CIHI’s website, we’ll call them the “Website.”

Acceptance of the Terms of Use

By accessing and using CIHI Materials, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of use set out here (the Terms). If you cannot or do not wish to be bound by the Terms, you may not use any CIHI Materials.

Some CIHI Materials have their own specific terms and conditions of use (for example, terms included in the copyright notice in certain reports and the terms of use of CIHI’s electronic reporting services).The Terms also apply to those particular CIHI Materials. Where there is any conflict between a set of specific terms and conditions and these Terms, the specific terms will govern.

CIHI may modify or change the Terms at any time and without notice. Check back here regularly to ensure you remain in compliance with the Terms.

Ownership and Licensed Rights

CIHI is the owner of the CIHI Materials. Parts of the CIHI Materials, however, are licensed by CIHI from organizations such as the World Health Organization, interRAI, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention and the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. Note that CIHI takes the rights of its licensors very seriously.

In addition to the protection afforded by these Terms, the CIHI Materials are protected nationally and internationally under copyright law. Trademark law also applies to trademarks reproduced in the CIHI Materials.

Your use of the CIHI Materials does not grant you any ownership rights to those CIHI Materials, and you may not do anything more with them than those things you are expressly permitted to under the Terms.

CIHI is free to and will from time to time modify CIHI Materials, remove some from the Website and/or end the availability of some to the public.

Use of CIHI Materials

You are free to reproduce and use CIHI Materials for the purposes of education, research and private study. You are not free, however, to make any commercial use of CIHI Materials without CIHI’s express, prior written authorization. Additionally, without CIHI’s express, prior written authorization, you may not incorporate CIHI Materials into a commercial textbook or into a software application of any kind or use CIHI Materials in any way that could reasonably be seen as putting yourself into competition with CIHI. You may not interfere with anyone else’s access to the CIHI Materials, compromise or attempt to compromise any CIHI Material security measure, or substitute or attempt to substitute modified CIHI Materials for the originals on the Website.

Here are some examples of what you may and may not (without the proper authorization) do with CIHI Materials:

  • You may download CIHI’s reports for your own study purposes.
  • If you are an instructor, you may reproduce and distribute health data tables to your students at a health care facility, college or university for educational purposes.
  • You may not download reports and sub-distribute them by permitting others to download them from your website.
  • You may not incorporate data obtained through CIHI’s online data services into a software application.
  • You may not launch a denial of service attack on the Website and interfere with the ability of other users to access the CIHI Materials.

To access certain CIHI Materials, you must first register with CIHI and obtain a secure password and user ID. You must meet specific requirements to register for and use these CIHI Materials. If you wish to access and use these CIHI Materials, you must apply to register; CIHI will then determine whether you meet the requirements for registration.

Additional Restrictions

You may not

  • Interfere with the proper functioning of the Website in any way;
  • Knowingly transmit, send or upload any material that contains viruses, worms, spyware, adware, Trojan horses or similar computer code that will adversely affect the operation of the Website or its users;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, in association with your use of CIHI Materials;
  • Access or attempt to access the accounts of other users;
  • Compromise or attempt to compromise CIHI Materials’ security measures;
  • Take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Website; and
  • Take any action involving the Website that will have the effect of facilitating unsolicited bulk email.

Violating the Terms

If you violate one or more provisions of the Terms, the permission to use the CIHI Materials that CIHI has granted to you will be immediately revoked. You must immediately stop accessing and/or using the Website and promptly delete all copies of all CIHI Materials in your possession or control.


You must read, accept and abide by the Website Privacy Notice.


CIHI takes great care to publish only accurate information. However, errors can and do happen; moreover, much of the information CIHI relies on is provided to CIHI by others. For these reasons and others, the CIHI Materials are provided to you as is and without warranties of any kind whatsoever. You must accept all risks associated with your use of CIHI Materials. CIHI and its licensors hereby have no liability of any kind in relation to your use of or reliance on CIHI Materials. By using CIHI Materials, you agree to indemnify CIHI and its licensors against all losses, damages, costs, expenses or other injuries of any kind relating to your use of CIHI Materials.


The Terms are governed by and will be construed under Ontario law and the applicable laws of Canada. You hereby attorn to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario. CIHI’s failure to enforce any provision of the Terms will not comprise a waiver of that provision.

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