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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 was formed in 2018 and 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 feedback on selected ICES activities and studies
  • Provide 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.

For more information, download our PAC FAQs.


Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed.

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 apply.

Your application will be reviewed by the ICES Public Engagement team. Applicants will be contacted directly for a brief phone interview to inform selection of the Public Advisory Council.

Know others who might be interested in applying? Download our recruitment flyer to share through your networks.

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). You will be compensated for your time on the panel in the form of gift cards.

*In-person meetings are dependent on the current COVID-19 pandemic and will remain 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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