Requests for information – Health

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

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Paramedic Services - Patient care reports

What information is being requested?

The data being requested pertain to suspected opioid overdoses on calls for service received by paramedic services in the County of Simcoe in Ontario. The data requested will include the type of call, the response and treatment given.

What personal information is included in this request?

This request contains personal information such as first name, last name, sex, birthdate, civic address, postal code, telephone numbers and provincial health number; as well as information on the call for service, the type of call, the response, and treatment given to the individual.

Personal identifiers including first and last name, sex, birthdate, address information, telephone numbers and provincial health number are required to perform data linkages, for statistical purposes only. Once the data are linked the personal identifiers will be replaced by an anonymized person key.

For more information, see the supplement to Statistics Canada's Generic Privacy Impact Assessment for this request.

Narcotics, Substance Use, and Community Well-Being Initiative

What years of data will be requested?

January 2015 to June 2019.

From whom will the information be requested?

Provincial ambulance (except air ambulance) services in the County of Simcoe, Ontario

Why is this information being requested?

Statistics Canada is responding to the needs of federal, provincial and municipal stakeholders, such as the Simcoe-Muskoka Opioid Strategy Group (SMOS), who have asked for help in understanding the primary risk factors of the population most at-risk of a drug overdose. The information requested will be used to generate statistics to meet these data needs. The received data will allow for examination of suspected opioid overdose calls, and will be central in formulating a cohort of individuals, including minors, who experienced a fatal or non-fatal opioid overdose.

These statistics will help inform the categorization of the opioid crisis in this Ontario community and to add to the body of knowledge surrounding the social determinants of the opioid crisis. Resulting non-confidential statistics may be used by stakeholders, such as the Simcoe-Muskoka Opioid Strategy Group (SMOS) Group, in efforts to fully understand the roots of the opioid crisis, the primary risk factors, and those who may be most at risk of opioid overdose, in order to identify and act on opportunities for intervention.

Statistics Canada will use this information for statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

These organizations collect and maintain up-to-date data on calls for service received by Paramedic Services.

When will this information be requested?

July 2020

When was this request published?

July 21, 2020

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