To learn more about HDRN Canada, please explore the following resources.

Overview Resources

PDF icon Backgrounder (1 page)

PDF icon About HDRN Canada (Slide deck)

PDF icon Proposal Summary (July 2018)


Watch recording: HDRN Canada - Informational Webinar

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Watch recording: RRDS Canada - Webinaire d'information

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Watch recording: Data Access Support Hub (DASH) - A coordinated service for accessing multi-region data

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How can health data be used for public benefit? 3 uses that people agree on, The Conversation (January 22, 2023)

Plain language about health data is essential for transparency and trust, The Conversation (October 9, 2019)

The public needs to know why health data are used without consent, The Conversation (October 6, 2019)

Health data collected during the coronavirus pandemic needs to be managed responsibly, The Conversation (September 10, 2020)

Position Papers

Population Health Digital Research Infrastructure: Building Up and Out from a Learning Collaborative Network: A Position Paper submitted by Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) to the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) (December 9, 2020)


Guttman, Astrid. The SPOR Canadian Data Platform: opportunity for multi-provincial research. CMAJ October 07, 2019 191 (40) E1091-E1092; DOI:

Dahl, L. T., Walker, J. D., Schull, M., Paprica, P. A., McDonald, J. T., Gavin, F., Ethier, J.-F., Diverty, B., McGrail, K., Katz, A. and Wu, J. (2020) “The SPOR-Canadian Data Platform: a national initiative to facilitate data rich multi-jurisdictional research”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 5(1). DOI:

Paprica, P. A., McGrail, K. M., & Schull, M. J. (2019). Notches on the dial: a call to action to develop plain language communication with the public about users and uses of health data. International journal of Population Data Science4(1), 1106. 

Paprica, P. A., Sydes, M. R., McGrail, K. M., Morris, A. D., Schull, M. J., & Walker, R. (2020). Prospective data linkage to facilitate COVID-19 trials - A call to action. International Journal of Population Data Science5(2), 1383.

Paprica, P. A., Sutherland, E., Smith, A., Brudno, M., Cartagena, R. G., Crichlow, M., Courtney, B., Loken, C., McGrail, K. M., Ryan, A., Schull, M. J., Thorogood, A., Virtanen, C. and Yang, K. (2020) “Essential Requirements for Establishing and Operating Data Trusts: Practical Guidance Based on A Working Meeting of Fifteen Canadian Organizations and Initiatives”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 5(1). DOI: