COVID-19 Data Access

HDRN Canada is well placed to facilitate access to COVID-19 related data through its Data Access Support Hub (DASH)

  • To date, DASH has supported five (5) COVID-19 related projects and research funding proposals by providing researchers with cost estimates and feasibility assessments.
  • DASH has been facilitating multi-jurisdictional COVID-19 related research in a wide range of domains including emergency medicine, surgery, pediatric diabetes, neonatal care and virtual care.

To learn more and to request access to multi-jurisdictional data, please visit HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH).

Data Holdings

Click on each of the green check marks to view additional details about the dataset(s) available.

COVID-19 Related Dataset BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL YK NT NU
Lab Testing Green check mark Green check mark   Green check mark Green check mark   Green check mark     Green check mark      
Vaccination       Green check mark Green check mark         Green check mark      
Surveillance   Green check mark   Green check mark Green check mark         Green check mark      

Field Level Information

  • Provides a set of field areas selected by HDRN Canada to represent important fields that may be contained in data sets related to COVID-19, and indicates the availability of those field areas in each province/territory.
  • The field areas are based on the collection areas suggested by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • A definition for each field area is provided and the availability of the data in each jurisdiction is given by indicating the type of dataset that contains that field.
  • Not all fields in each dataset are included or represented. Complete lists of specific fields may be available from each province/territory. Please consult DASH for accessing this information.
  • For information on working with Indigenous data, click here.
  • For information on the collection of race-based and Indigenous identity data, please see the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Click here.

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Surveillance Icon: SurveillanceLab Testing Icon: Lab Testing Vaccination Icon: Vaccination

Data area (hover over for description) AB BC MB ON NB NL
Age or date of birth Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon C[1] Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon
Asymptomatic Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Confirmed or probable case Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Contacts – total identified for individual Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon
Country of residence Surveillance Icon - Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon
Date lab specimen was collected Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon
Date of lab test result Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon
Date of symptom onset Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Date reported to province - - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - -
Deceased Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Dwelling type at time of disease onset Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Exposure setting Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Gender[2] Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon
Hospitalized flag Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Hospitalized ICU flag Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Indigenous Identity - - Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon
Indigenous community residence - - - - - Surveillance Icon
Lab test method (type of test) Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon
Lab test result Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon
Laboratory ID for specimen Lab Testing Icon - - Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon
Name of laboratory Lab Testing Icon - Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon
Occupation Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Occupation – Health Care Worker Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Occupation - Rotational worker - - - - - Surveillance Icon
Occupation - Temporary foreign worker Surveillance Icon - - - - -
Postal code (first 3 letters/digits) Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon C[1] Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon
Pre-existing condition(s) Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Province/territory Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon - Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon
Provincial case ID Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon
Race/ethnicity - - - Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Reason for testing - - Lab Testing Icon - - Surveillance Icon
Resolution of case Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Sex[2] - C[1] Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon Surveillance Icon Lab Testing Icon Vaccination Icon Lab Testing Icon Surveillance Icon
Travelled Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon - Surveillance Icon
Travelled – close contact - - Surveillance Icon - - Surveillance Icon
Vaccination date - - Vaccination Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon
Vaccination – individual received dose? - - Vaccination Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon
Vaccination - name of dose - - Vaccination Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon
Vaccination - number of doses received - - Vaccination Icon Vaccination Icon - Surveillance Icon Vaccination Icon
Variant identified Lab Testing Icon - Surveillance Icon Surveillance Icon - Vaccination Icon

 

[1] Can be derived by linking the lab testing results to Consolidation File.

[2] Sites may not follow these definitions for Sex and Gender.

 

Lab Testing

British Columbia - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Population Data BC
Description Provincial COVID-19 lab test results extracted from the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS)
Data Level Individual
Extent 2.7 million records
1.7 million individuals
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 23/01/2020 - 25/08/2021
(based on test result date)
Number of Fields 20
Delivery Schedule Monthly
Update Mechanism New data set contains both previous and new records
Dataset Name PLIS_COVID19_RESULT
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 13/09/2021

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Alberta - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Alberta Health Services
Description Automated feeds from labs
Data Level Individual
Extent 5.1 million records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 14/02/2020 - current
Number of Fields 90
Delivery Schedule Daily
Update Mechanism Internal ETL process
Dataset Name PROVLAB (Provincial Laboratory)
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 13/09/2021

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Manitoba - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Description The COVID-19 Lab Testing and Results data contains information on test information and results, acquisition information and patient date of birth, postal code and group membership (e.g. health care worker, general public). These data are updated monthly. 
Data Level Individual
Extent 947,549 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 14/02/2020 - 01/09/2021
Number of Fields 41
Delivery Schedule Monthly
Update Mechanism Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records
Dataset Name MHCPL_LABRESULTS_C19_2020FEB_V2
Latest Update provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 03/09/2021

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Ontario - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset 1 Dataset 2
Site ICES ICES
Description

Provincial COVID-19 PCR test results pulled from the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS). This data holding consists of 6 datasets, including: 

1. COVID19_OLIS_MDS (this is the original minimum dataset received by ICES from Ontario Health Digital Services, with the addition of ICES-generated variables to flag lab tests for COVID-19 and as well as other respiratory viruses)
2. COVID19_OLIS_EPI (the recommended analytical dataset created by ICES which aggregates information from COVID19_OLIS_MDS by individual + testing date [i.e., testing episode], in order to represent the overall COVID-19 testing result status for each tested individual on each day)
3. COVID19_OLIS_EPI_RAPID (rapid molecular test results)
4. COVID19_SYMPTOMS (symptoms dataset derived from free text information found in OLIS COVID-19 data)
5. HOSPITAL_EXTRACT (hospital extract data)
6. LAB_AND_SCC_EXTRACT (lab and specimen collection centre extract data)

C19INTGR is a comprehensive dataset created by ICES of all available COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory results in Ontario. Earlier in the pandemic, not all labs contributed their lab results to the Ontario Laboratories Information System (OLIS), resulting in under-reporting of COVID-19 tests and positive COVID-19 cases. This dataset is derived from 3 data sources: 

1. OLIS (COVID-19 testing episodes using standard PCR tests, from January 2020 to current) 
2. Distributed testing data from laboratories (DL) within the COVID-19 Diagnostic Network (up to April 13, 2020; prior to a requirement to report all test results in OLIS, the results of tests performed by labs that were part of this network were compiled by PHO in a separate database)
3. Public Health Case & Contact Management (CCM) Solution, formerly known as iPHIS (a client-level dataset for individuals who are confirmed positive for COVID-19 based on the provincial case definition, from January 2020 to current). 

This is ICES Controlled Use Data (at initiation of an ICES Project or Third Party Research Project (publicly funded), the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health must be notified).

Data Level Individual Individual
Extent Over 47 million records Over 15 million records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 01/01/2020 to 20/09/2021 01/01/2020 to 17/09/2021
Number of Fields 103 34
Delivery Schedule Weekly Weekly
Update Mechanism Daily deltas from Ontario Health Digital Services Ontario Health Digital Services and Public Health Ontario
Dataset Name OLIS COVID-19 Laboratory Data (OLISC19) COVID19 Integrated Testing Data (C19INTGR)
Latest Update provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 22/09/2021 22/09/2021

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New Brunswick - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training
Description The COVID-19 Case Data data set contains testing results of individuals tested for COVID-19 in New Brunswick, and it includes results from both Vitalité and Horizon regional health authorities. The data set contains test results from the first reported COVID-19 test in New Brunswick until the latest available data update. The patients’ city, postal code, sex, and birth date are self-reported. The test results can be “Positive,” “Negative,” or an inconclusive result of “Equivocal.”
Data Level Individual
Extent N/A
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 01/01/2020 - 28/04/2021
Number of Fields 7
Delivery Schedule N/A
Update Mechanism N/A
Dataset Name COVID-19 Case Data
Latest Update provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 13/09/2021

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Newfoundland and Labrador - COVID-19 Lab Testing Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI)
Description Laboratory data from our provincial health information system containing results of all COVID-19 tests (e.g., suspected cases, contacts, community screening, etc.). 
Data Level Individual
Extent 185,486 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 09/03/2020 - 22/04/2021
Number of Fields 16
Delivery Schedule Daily
Update Mechanism  
Dataset Name Laboratory Data
Latest Update provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 18/10/2021

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Vaccination

Manitoba - Vaccination Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset 1 Dataset 2 Dataset 3
Site Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Description Covid-19 vaccination specific data for Manitoba Data related to the online, web-based appointment booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations – contains patient’s scrambled PHIN, sex, gender and postal code; appointment code (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna), location, date and time; appointment creation date and time; and if applicable, the cancellation date and time. Data related to the type of person being vaccinated (e.g. acute care worker, critical care worker, front line worker, home care worker, resident’s direct contact) and additional indicators (e.g. pregnant or breastfeeding, immunosuppressed, vaccinated last 14 days).
Data Level Individual Individual Individual
Extent 1,978,581 records 1,993,479 records 1,683,391 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 16/12/2020 - 26/09/2021 16/12/2020 - 26/09/2021 16/12/2020 - 26/09/2021
Number of Fields 32 25 33
Delivery Schedule Weekly Weekly Weekly
Update Mechanism Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records
Dataset Name MHPHIMS VACC C19 2020DEC MHPHIMS VACC APPT C19_2020DEC MHPHIMS VACC SCR C19 2020DEC
Latest Update provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 27/09/2021 27/09/2021 27/09/2021

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Ontario - Vaccination Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site ICES
Description

COVaxON is the central provincial database developed as a point-of-care system to support: Scheduling, Client registration, COVID-19 vaccine administration and documentation, COVID-19 vaccine management, Reporting of COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. The Ministry of Health (MOH) compiles and manages these data and Public Health Ontario (PHO) (as an agent of the MOH) provides ICES with a client-level dataset containing information on COVID-19 vaccination events, including: Date(s) of dose administration, Reason for administration, Vaccine product information, Location and responsible Public Health Unit for vaccination event, Client information (e.g., date of birth, demographics [age, sex], postal code of residence). PHO applied data cleaning logic to de-duplicate implausible vaccination events (e.g., >1 dose with the same administration date, doses within <14 days) and selected events that closely align with the recommended immunization schedule and minimal intervals. Each observation contains all COVID-19 doses for an individual. Second doses will be captured under the same observation if administered. This data holding consists of 2 datasets: 

1. COVAXON
2. ORG_MASTER (a cross walk file has which contains information for organizations). 

These are ICES Controlled Use Data (at initiation of an ICES Project or Third Party Research Project (publicly funded), the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health must be notified).

Data Level Individual
Extent Over 9 million
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 01/12/2020 to 16/09/2021
Number of Fields 62
Delivery Schedule Weekly
Update Mechanism Received from Public Health Ontario.
Dataset Name COVAXON
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 22/09/2021

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Newfoundland and Labrador - Vaccination Dataset Summary Information
  Dataset
Site Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
Description

Data containing information on COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Data Level Individual
Extent 881783
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) Current as of November 11, 2021
Number of Fields 3
Delivery Schedule Daily
Update Mechanism  
Dataset Name COVID-19 Vaccination Data
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 11/11/2021

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Surveillance

Alberta - COVID-19 Surveillance Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Alberta Health Services
Description Maintained by Public Health
Data Level Individual
Extent 370,000 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 01/02/2020 - current
Number of Fields Several hundred
Delivery Schedule Daily
Update Mechanism Internal ETL process
Dataset Name CDOM (Communicable Disease and Outbreak Management)
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 13/09/2021

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Manitoba - COVID-19 Surveillance Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset 1 Dataset 2
Site Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Description Surveillance data collected by Manitoba Public Health nurses on a COVID-19 Surveillance Case Investigation form. The information includes infection and acquisition classifications, symptoms, risk factors, exposure, interventions and transmission assessments. The data only relates to lab confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Surveillance data collected by Manitoba Public Health nurses on a COVID-19 Surveillance Contact Investigation form. The data only relates to contacts of lab confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.
Data Level Individual Individual
Extent 58,759 records 284,440 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 13/03/2020 - 31/08/2021 13/03/2020 - 31/08/2021
Number of Fields 53 24
Delivery Schedule Monthly Monthly
Update Mechanism Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records Internal extract, transformation, loading (ETL) process. New data set contains both previous and new records
Dataset Name MHPHIMS_SURV_CASES_2020JAN MHPHIMS_SURV_CONTS_2020JAN
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 20/04/2021 20/04/2021

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Ontario - COVID-19 Surveillance Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site ICES
Description

This is a case management dataset with supplementary information on those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ontario (these data provide insight into socio-demographic factors related to COVID-19 cases, including risk factors and outcomes such as occupation). These data are not directly sourced from labs, and can supplement the lab data already at ICES. Public Health Units input these data, which is then centralized at Public Health Ontario, and then it comes to ICES. These data were formerly known as the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS). This data holding consists of 5 datasets, including:

1. CCM_S44
2. CCM_S45
3. CCM_RACE_S44
4. CCM_RACE_S45
5. OUTBREAKLIST. 

These are ICES Controlled Use Data (at initiation of an ICES Project or Third Party Research Project (publicly funded), the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health must be notified; at initiation of a project that needs to use race variables, the project team must seek approval from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health).

Data Level Individual
Extent Over 500,000
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 01/01/2020 to 20/09/2021
Number of Fields 165
Delivery Schedule Weekly
Update Mechanism Received from Public Health Ontario
Dataset Name Case and Contact Management System (CCM)
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 22/09/2021

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Newfoundland and Labrador - COVID-19 Surveillance Dataset Summary Information

  Dataset
Site Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
Description Information on any individuals that are suspected cases of COVID-19 or contacts of a case. Laboratory test results,symptoms (if present), travel history, contacts, demographics are part of the data entry. People being tested for COVID-19 as part of Community screening, meaning they are undergoing a procedure in hospital and are being tested as a precaution would not be captured in the Provincial Tracker. If there test came back positive they would then be entered into the Tracker as a case of COVID-19. This data can be linked to other data sources as long as the Provincial COVID-19 Tracker has a valid health care number entered for the individual.
Data Level Individual
Extent 40,840 records
Collection Period (dd/mm/yyyy) 09/03/2020 - 22/04/2021
Number of Fields 94
Delivery Schedule Daily
Update Mechanism  
Dataset Name Provincial COVID-19 Tracker
Latest Update Provided to HDRN Canada (dd/mm/yyyy) 18/10/2021

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