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Interested in how data can improve health care for all Ontarians?

What is the ICES Public Advisory Council?

The ICES Public Advisory Council is made up of members of the public from across Ontario. The council represents the public's voice and guides ICES on what matters most to Ontarians for health data research. Their thoughts, perspectives, and values inform ICES research activities and influence how ICES researchers use data to improve Ontario's health care.

As part of the Public Advisory Council, you will:

  • Discuss issues related to data and health data research
  • Share your feedback on selected ICES activities and studies
  • Provide your perspective on new data opportunities and partnerships
  • Guide what research questions matter most to the public
  • Shape ICES public-facing content and public engagement activities.

How to apply

Applications for the ICES Public Advisory Council are currently closed.

To hear about future opportunities on how to get involved join the ICES public engagement mailing list.

Public advisors work with ICES researchers and staff to discuss issues and opportunities around health data research. If you live in Ontario and have an interest in how research and data can improve health care and the health of Ontarians, we invite you to sign up to our mailing list to hear about opportunities to become a public advisor.

Join the Public Advisory Council

What's the time commitment?

The time commitment is 16 hours/year for three years. Members attend:

  • 1 virtual orientation session and training (2 hours)
  • 2 in-person* council sessions per year (5 hours each, expenses covered)
  • 2 virtual council sessions per year (2 hours each)

There is also the opportunity volunteer for some additional virtual workgroups and surveys (time commitment varies).

*In-person meetings are dependent on current COVID-19 provincial gathering restrictions and will be converted to virtual meetings until further notice.

ABout the application

At ICES, we strive to represent all voices and capture Ontario's diversity in our public engagement activities. We ask for some personal information to understand your unique experiences and perspective in the application form. This information will only be used to contact you about the public engagement activities at ICES and for no other purpose.

Your privacy is important to us. Your personal information will be collected and used by ICES solely for public engagement recruitment. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed to others for any other purpose. Only individuals involved in public engagement recruitment at ICES will be permitted to access your personal information. Your personal information will be retained securely at all times to protect your privacy.

If you have any questions about the Public Advisory Council, email

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