September 3, 2020 — Health care workers across the country play a critical role in the COVID-19 pandemic. CIHI has compiled rates of COVID-19 cases, including number of deaths, among health care workers in Canada. This data can help ministries of health, professional associations and others to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the health workforce.

We will continue to update and expand this information as the pandemic unfolds, including a breakdown of infections by type of health care professional and those who work in long-term care, where possible.

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COVID-19 cases and deaths among health care workers in Canada

Snapshot as of July 23, 2020

Province/territory Number of health care worker cases Percentage of cases among health care workers Number of health care worker deaths Number of Canadian Armed Forces cases
Newfoundland and Labrador 16 6.1% 0
Prince Edward Island 2 5.6% 0
Nova Scotia 184 17.2% 0
New Brunswick 32 18.8% 0
Quebec 14,007 24.1% 3 41
Ontario 6,371 16.7% 9 14
Manitoba 38 10.1% 0
Saskatchewan 58 5.4% 0
Alberta 876 8.8% 0
British Columbia 258 7.6% 0
Yukon
Northwest Territories 0 0.0% 0
Nunavut 0 0.0% 0
Canada 21,842 19.4% 12

Canada total cases*: 112,672

Notes

* The total number of cases in Canada includes 13 repatriated travellers.
Data is as of July 7, 2020. It includes only Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who worked in long-term care (LTC) facilities for Operation LASER in Quebec and Ontario, as those were the only provinces CAF were deployed to. The CAF has transitioned out of all LTC facilities in these 2 provinces. The number of CAF cases is a subset of Number of health care worker cases.
— Data is not available or not applicable.
The comparability of the data reported for the provinces and territories is impacted by differences in their overall COVID-19 testing practices and in the specific collection and reporting of data on COVID-19 cases among health care workers. This data represents a snapshot as of July 23, 2020, for all provinces and territories (except for Quebec and for Ontario deaths, where the data obtained from Statistics Canada is as of July 25, 2020).
See full notes and sources below.

Full notes and sources

Notes

* The total number of cases in Canada includes 13 repatriated travellers.
Data is as of July 7, 2020. It includes only Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who worked in long-term care (LTC) facilities for Operation LASER in Quebec and Ontario, as those were the only provinces CAF were deployed to. The CAF has transitioned out of all LTC facilities in these 2 provinces. The number of CAF cases is a subset of Number of health care worker cases.
— Data is not available or not applicable.
The comparability of the data reported for the provinces and territories is impacted by differences in their overall COVID-19 testing practices and in the specific collection and reporting of data on COVID-19 cases among health care workers.
Definitions of health care worker roles differ among provinces and territories, and may include volunteers. Counts are based on each province’s and territory’s standard definition.
Percentage of cases among health care workers is calculated based on the number of COVID-19 cases among health care workers divided by the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province or territory.
Keep the following in mind when interpreting this information:
– Data for this analysis is primarily sourced from reports available on provincial and territorial public health agency or ministry of health websites or on Statistics Canada's website. For jurisdictions where reports are unavailable, data that we obtained from other sources, including the media, was validated by the ministry in that province or territory.
– This data represents a snapshot as of July 23, 2020, for all provinces and territories (except for Quebec and for Ontario deaths, where the data obtained from Statistics Canada is as of July 25, 2020).
– Data is intended to represent health care workers who acquired COVID-19 while at work; however, it may include health care workers who acquired COVID-19 outside of the workplace.

Sources

Public Health Agency of Canada. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Epidemiology update External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Department of National Defence. Military response to COVID-19 External link, opens in new window. Accessed on July 24, 2020.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Pandemic Update Data Hub External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Prince Edward Island. PEI COVID-19 testing data External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Nova Scotia. COVID-19: Case data in Nova Scotia External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020
Government of New Brunswick. Testing and case details: Information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Statistics Canada. Table 13-10-0781-01: Detailed preliminary information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 (revised), Public Health Agency of Canada External link, opens in new window. Accessed on August 6, 2020.
Public Health Ontario. Ontario COVID-19 Data Tool External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Ontario. How Ontario is responding to COVID-19 External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Manitoba. COVID-19 updates External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s dashboard > Health and wellness > Total cases External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Alberta. COVID-19 Alberta statistics External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of British Columbia. COVID Response and Health Emergency Management Division External link, opens in new window. Ministry of Health. Accessed on August 17, 2020.
Government of Yukon. COVID-19 information External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of the Northwest Territories. COVID-19 in NWT External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.
Government of Nunavut. COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) External link, opens in new window. Accessed between April 30 and July 24, 2020.

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