March 2020 — CIHI is committed to collecting, analyzing and sharing credible health data to help improve our health care systems and the health of all Canadians. We’ve compiled our key reports and resources containing information related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and will update this page with new content whenever possible.
CIHI’s data and information
Here is the most recent public data CIHI has available on a number of topics that relate to COVID-19.
Health care workers
Health care professionals are one of the greatest assets of Canada’s health care systems. Click the following links to take a closer look at the number and distribution of health professionals in Canada, many of whom are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Hospitals and emergency departments
Canada’s capacity to care for the sickest patients diagnosed with COVID-19 depends on the number of hospital beds and health care resources available. Data on primary reasons for hospitalizations and emergency department wait times reflects the load shouldered by hospitals prior to the pandemic.
- Hospital beds available
- Inpatient Hospitalization Quick Stats (XLSX)
- Top reasons for hospital stays in Canada
- Emergency department wait times (XLSX)
CIHI will be releasing more information on hospital beds, ICUs and ventilation in the coming weeks.
Beyond the hospitals
People older than age 65 have shown to be more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Residents of long-term care facilities and those receiving home care are therefore at higher risk than the rest of Canada’s population.
- Profiles of long-term care residents (XLSX)
- Profiles of home care clients (XLSX)
- Flu shot rates for Canadian seniors
Health care spending
Health-spending trends and data on where money is spent (e.g., on hospitals, physician payments and pharmaceuticals) can be used as benchmarks for additional COVID-19–related costs.
- National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX)
- Public and Private Sector Health Expenditures by Use of Funds
- Prescription Drug Expenditures
Your Health System
Your Health System (YHS) is a unique tool with an array of comparable health system data on hospitals, long-term care facilities and the health of Canadians across the country. The indicators in the tool provide baseline data on more than 600 hospitals and 1,300 long-term care facilities. Examples of searchable information related to COVID-19 in YHS include
- Ambulatory care sensitive conditions
- High users of hospital beds
- Long-term care residents older than 85
- Hospital occupancy rates
- Emergency department data
External data sources
It is not customary for CIHI to direct visitors to external data sources that we have not created, but these are unprecedented times. We think it’s important for Canadians to have access to reliable information. Our data experts have reviewed these sources and think they might be valuable to you.
Daily COVID-19 case reporting
Track information on reported cases and testing numbers for COVID-19 in Canada with this interactive tool External link, opens in new window from researchers at the University of Toronto.
COVID-19 across Canada hub
A compilation of COVID-19 resources External link, opens in new window, including an “Outbreak at a Glance” landing page, provided by Esri Canada.
Critical care capacity data
This article provides information External link, opens in new window on the number of ICUs and ventilation and oxygenation capacity across the provinces and territories (summarized in this table External link, opens in new window).
Public Health Agency of Canada reporting
Get the latest updates on COVID-19 across the country from the Public Health Agency of Canada External link, opens in new window.
New codes to allow for comparable data
Following the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO), a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is classified to the ICD-10-CA code U07.1 Emergency use of U07.1. CIHI communicated this coding direction to coders in Canada on February 24, 2020.
UPDATE (March 26, 2020) ICD-10-CA Coding Direction for Suspected COVID-19 Cases
CIHI will provide updates if new codes are released by WHO.
CIHI’s upcoming releases
In response to the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s health care systems, CIHI has postponed the release of the following reports originally scheduled for March 2020:
- Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada
- Early Revisions for Hip and Knee Replacements in Canada
- Implantable Medical Devices in Canada
Please check our Upcoming releases page for updates.
Requests for additional data
For media-related inquiries or requests for custom statistics, please contact our Media team.
For non-media-related inquiries or requests to access data, please visit CIHI’s Make a Data Request page. Researchers, decision-makers and health managers can request specific data from one or more of CIHI’s databases. Data can be retrieved at an aggregate or record level. The first step is to complete a Data Inquiry Form; a CIHI team member will respond. Read about availability of data from CIHI’s data holdings.
We will make every effort to share resources that are available in English and French. Please note that we cannot verify whether they are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) External link, opens in new window.