Since 1992, ICES scientists and data experts have been developing and expanding the ICES data repository – a vast, secure array of linked and encoded health-related data. This data has been used to make scientific and policy-relevant discoveries that have helped to inform the delivery of evidence-based health care in Ontario, across Canada and abroad.
Beginning in March 2014 as part of the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU), ICES has provided non-ICES researchers, students and knowledge users with access to its data through the ICES Data & Analytic Services division (ICES DAS). The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) have partnered to fund the OSSU as part of Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).
ICES DAS offers several types of services to researchers who receive funding from the public sector including access to research-ready, linked health administrative data and analytic tools through a secure online desktop infrastructure.
Public sector researchers are considered to be any of the following:
- Researchers and students affiliated with a university, college, hospital or other institutions
- Publicly funded, not-for-profit health care agencies and research organizations
- Policy makers
- Other publicly funded knowledge users who require data or analytic services to support the development of evidence-informed policies and practices
More information for public sector researchers
Through ICES DAS, ICES is piloting the provision of analytic services to researchers who are funded by industry or private sector organizations. More information for private sector researchers.
ICES has the largest and most comprehensive collection of health-related data in Ontario. Data availability is subject to the terms of data sharing agreements ICES has signed with its partners.
Core data sets
These data are available to all researchers interested in working with ICES DAS. Examples of these data include the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), Ontario Drug Benefit Claims (ODB), Ontario Health Insurance Plan Claims Database (OHIP), Registered Persons Database (RPDB), and the Ontario Cancer Registry (OCR).
Restricted data sets
These data are available for research which meets specific criteria. Researchers may be required to seek additional approvals or collaborations, and in some cases the research objectives must align with predetermined guidelines.
The ICES Data Dictionary provides a complete list of data available through ICES DAS.
If you are interested in requesting ICES Data & Analytic Services, please email or contact ICES DAS at 1-888-480-1327 (toll-free).
ICES DAS acknowledges the following funders and partners