Notifiable disease reporting in Canada

Online resources and an exploration into the past, present and future of national notifiable disease policy and data

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and NCCID both offer online resources to assist public health practitioners, researchers and decision makers interpret past and present data on notifiable diseases in Canada. With a combination of presentations, hands-on learning and interactive discussion, this workshop demonstrated the functionality of these resources, and oriented participants to important data limitations and other nuances.

Learning Objectives:
  • Locate and operate two useful Canadian public health resources for notifiable disease information.
  • Recognize the context and potential limitations of notifiable disease reporting in Canada so as to facilitate interpretation and stimulate discussion about past and present notifiable disease trends.
  • Shivoan Balakumar, Project Manager, NCCID
  • Elspeth Payne, Epidemiologist, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada