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Drug Overdose Deaths in Ottawa, 2000-2015

Report: Drug Overdose Deaths in Ottawa, 2000-2015 [PDF  834 KB]

Epidemiology of Reportable Communicable Diseases, Ottawa, 2016

Report: Epidemiology of Reportable Communicable Diseases, Ottawa [PDF 1.0 MB] 

Status of Alcohol in Ottawa: Let's Continue the Conversation, 2016

This report blends local epidemiological data on drinking and alcohol-related harms with local perspectives from the 2016 online “Have Your Say” alcohol survey in order to provide a complete picture of how alcohol affects our community.

Status of Alcohol in Ottawa: Let's Continue the Conversation, 2016 [PDF 7.7 MB]

Results of Ottawa Public Health’s Public Consultation Survey on Enhanced Harm Reduction Services in Ottawa

This report presents results of Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) public consultation survey on enhanced harm reduction services in Ottawa. The objective of the survey was to give residents, community partners, and businesses an opportunity to share their thoughts on enhanced harm reduction services in our city.

Results of Ottawa Public Health’s Public Consultation Survey on Enhanced Harm Reduction Services in Ottawa [PDF 407 KB]

Problematic Substance Use in Ottawa

This report focuses on the prevalence of use, and the associated morbidity and mortality from the problematic use of illicit drugs, excluding cannabis, and of opioid prescription drugs used for non-medical purposes.

Problematic Substance Use in Ottawa - Technical Report [PDF 2.5 MB]

Burden of Injury Report, 2010

The Burden of Injury in Ottawa report 2010 provides an in-depth assessment of the type and frequency of injuries affecting children, youth and adults in Ottawa. Data from emergency department visits (ER visits), hospitalizations and deaths from 2001 to 2008 help paint a picture of the injuries most affecting Ottawa residents.
Burden of Injury Report, 2010 [PDF 12 MB]
Burden of Injury Report: Knowledge to Action Report [PDF 886 KB]

Cancer in Ottawa 2012

The Cancer in Ottawa 2012 report provides an epidemiological overview of cancer incidence and mortality in Ottawa for frequently occurring cancers of public health importance. The Cancer in Ottawa 2012: Knowledge to Action Report outlines current and future cancer prevention strategies offered by OPH and identifies other cancers not covered under current initiatives that may benefit from new strategies and partnerships with community stakeholders.
Cancer in Ottawa 2012 report [PDF 10.1MB]
Cancer in Ottawa 2012: Knowledge to Action Report [PDF 13.1 MB]

Enhanced Street Youth Surveillance in Ottawa 2011

This report describes results of the Enhanced Street Youth Surveillance Study (E-SYS), which was conducted during the fall of 2009 in Ottawa. This surveillance study is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and demonstrates Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) contribution to national surveillance data.
Enhanced Street Youth Surveillance in Ottawa 2011 [PDF 1.5 MB]

Enteric Disease in Ottawa Report, 2011

To better inform the planning and implementation of strategies that address enteric illnesses in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health compiled the Enteric Disease in Ottawa, 2011 report, which provides data from 2010 about 15 reportable enteric diseases. The report includes the number of cases, incidence by age, sex and time of year, five-year averages and comparison with the rest of Ontario.
Enteric Disease in Ottawa Report [PDF 6.52 MB]
Enteric Disease: Knowledge to Action Report [PDF 886 KB]

Healthy Eating, Active Living and Healthy Weights in Ottawa, 2012

The Healthy Eating, Active Living and Healthy Weights in Ottawa, 2012 report is an epidemiological overview of three of the five major risk factors associated with chronic diseases: healthy eating; physical activity and healthy weights.
The Healthy Eating, Active Living and Healthy Weights in Ottawa [PDF 9 MB]

Infant Feeding in Ottawa 2012 to 2014

This infant feeding report is the first to present statistics on selected infant feeding indicators for Ottawa mothers from Ottawa Public Health’s Infant Feeding Surveillance System (IFSS), the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario and Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). 

Infant Feeding in Ottawa 2012 to 2014 - Full Report [ PDF 694.79 KB ]
Facts on Infant Feeding in Ottawa - Infographic [ PDF 1.89 MB ] 
Infant Feeding in Ottawa 2012 to 2014 - Video

Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012

The Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012 report provides an epidemiological overview of morbidity and mortality in the City of Ottawa, where possible compared to the rest of Ontario. These data help assess causes of morbidity and mortality. Indicators of morbidity and mortality include hospitalization rates, life expectancy and mortality rates.
Morbidity and Mortality in Ottawa 2012 report [7.7 MB]

Ottawa Student Drug Use and Health (OSDUH) Report, 2014

The Ottawa Student Drug Use and Health Report 2014 offers a snapshot of health risk behaviours among youth in Ottawa using data from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS).

Full report [PDF 875 KB]
Infographics: [PDF's]

Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey 2009 –2011

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) was conducted during the 2008/09 and 2010/11 school years. The OSDUHS surveys a random sample of students in grades 7 through 12, enrolled in the public and Catholic school systems. The survey has been repeated every two years since 1977, making it the longest ongoing school survey in Canada. A representative sample of 1,200 Ottawa students completed the survey in 2009 and 1,015 in 2011. The survey will be repeated in 2013 to help assess trends over time.

Overdose and HIV and hepatitis C infection among people in Ottawa who use drugs

This report provides epidemiologic information about the risk of overdose and HIV and HCV infection among people who use drugs.
Report [PDF 369 KB]

Results from the Older Adults Falls Prevention Survey

In 2012, OPH conducted the Older Adults Falls Prevention Survey by telephone with 1,050 Ottawa adults aged 65 years and older living at home. The fact sheets and infographics are intended to help service providers who work with older adults to tailor awareness and education campaigns on preventing falls, to support client education, and to inform program priorities and policy development. A description of OPH, partner and community falls prevention services are included at the end of each fact sheet. 

  • Summary [ PDF 98 KB ]
  • Introduction [ PDF 101.81 KB ]
  • Annual Physical & Vision Exam and Medication Review
  • Falls Prevention Home Safety:
  • Perception of Falls Risk and Prevention:
  • Physical Activity: 
  • Vitamin D and Calcium Intake:
  • Methodology [ PDF 220.13 KB ]

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Health in Ottawa, 2011 

The Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Health in Ottawa 2011 report provides an overview of 12 types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Ottawa, the number of cases, incidence rates by age and sex, 10-year averages, comparisons to the rest of Ontario, and a neighbourhood analysis of Chlamydia. The Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Health in Ottawa 2011: Knowledge to Action Report outlines OPH’s role in the prevention and control of STIs and promotion healthy sexuality among Ottawa’s youth and adult population.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Health in Ottawa report [PDF 1.2 MB]
Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Health in Ottawa 2011: Knowledge to Action Report [PDF 13.1 MB]

State of Ottawa's Health, 2014

The State of Ottawa’s Health 2014 report provides an overview of key health conditions and indicators that have a significant impact on the health of Ottawa’s population.
Full report [PDF 8 MB]
Infographics [PDF 2 MB]

Substance Misuse in Ottawa, 2013

This report focuses on the prevalence of substance use and the attributed burden of mental health, addictions, injury and chronic disease in Ottawa. It is meant to inform an evidence-based dialogue in our community to foster effective health prevention, promotion and interventions related to substance misuse. 
Substance Misuse in Ottawa Report [PDF 887 KB.]

A Review of Tobacco Indicators 2012

The purpose of this report is to highlight important trends in tobacco in the population to support Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and its partners address strategic and operation decisions.  The report portrays a current view of the prevalence of tobacco-related behaviours and the inevitable morbidity and mortality and cost attributable to tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke.
Review of Tobacco Indicators report [PDF 657 KB]

Tuberculosis in Ottawa, 2011

The Tuberculosis in Ottawa 2011 report describes the state of tuberculosis (TB) in Ottawa in 2010 compared with the past and describes disease outcomes, clinical management and risk to the population. Tuberculosis in Ottawa 2011: Knowledge to Action Report outlines OPH’s role in the detection, investigation, treatment and prevention of TB.
Tuberculosis in Ottawa 2011 report [PDF 928 KB]
Tuberculosis in Ottawa 2011: Knowledge to Action Report [PDF12.8 MB]

2006 Health Status Report

Examines a wide range of health-related information on mortality, morbidity, communicable diseases, reproductive outcomes, environmental indicators and behavioural risk factors
2006 Health Status Report [PDF 8.65 MB]

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Reportable Infectious Disease Statistics

Data about Ottawa residents with a reportable infectious disease are reported to the Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and associated regulations for Reportable Diseases.  Reports are primarily made by laboratories, but healthcare providers are also required to report. 

These tables show recent data for reportable infectious diseases in Ottawa. The data are presented as crude counts of cases and incidence rates.  

Reportable Diseases by Year

Data are presented as crude counts of cases or as incidence rates.  

Reportable Diseases by Month

Data are presented for the current year.  Case counts for recent months may change significantly.

August 2016

Individual reportable disease epidemiologic summaries

Ottawa Public Health Annual Report

Ottawa Public Health 2015 Annual Report 

2014 Public Health Behind the Scenes - Ottawa Public Health 2014 Annual Report [PDF 1.9MB]

2013 Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Annual Report: Building a community where people are healthy, safe and actively engaged in their well-being [PDF 4 MB]

2012 OPH Annual Report: Pathway to Health [PDF 1.8 MB]

2011 OPH Annual Report:  Improving Ottawa’s health: Health promotion, protection and disease prevention [ PDF 338 KB ]

2010 OPH Annual Report [PDF 511 KB]

Reports for 2003 through to 2009 are not available online.  A paper copy can be sent upon request. Please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or email us at healthsante@ottawa.ca.

Infection Prevention and Control Reports

This page contains reports on premises where an infection prevention and control lapse was identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral, or through communicable disease surveillance. It does not include reports of premises which were investigated following a complaint or referral where no infection prevention and control lapse was ultimately identified.

These reports are not exhaustive, and do not guarantee that those premises listed and not listed are free of infection prevention and control lapses. Identification of lapses is based on assessment and investigation of a premises at a point-in-time, and these assessments and investigations are triggered when potential infection prevention and control lapses are brought to the attention of the local medical officer of health.

Reports are posted on the website of the board of health in which the premises is located. Reports are posted on a premises-by-premises basis, i.e., will correspond with one site only. Should you wish to view a full investigation report for any posted lapse, please contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or at healthsante@ottawa.ca.

Current Reports

Archived Reports

All archived reports were developed prior to the standard public reporting criteria established by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in March 2016. 

Contact Information:

If you would like further information regarding these investigations please contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or at healthsante@ottawa.ca.

Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS)

The Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) is an ongoing telephone survey of Ottawa adults aged 18 years and older. The survey is currently only available by phone and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

RRFSS is conducted by health units across Ontario by trained telephone interviewers working at The Institute for Social Research at York University (Toronto). Telephone numbers are selected randomly using a computer program. If an interviewer for RRFSS calls  at an inconvenient time, an appointment can be made for a day or time that is more convenient to the participant.

RRFSS provides timely and useful information to help plan local public health programs and services. The survey collects information about the beliefs, health and behaviours of Ottawans to help improve the health of our community. Participants who agree to take part will be asked questions about health-related topics such as smoking, physical activity, or alcohol use. There are also demographic questions such as age, education, languages spoken and income.

Participation is voluntary and respondents can refuse to take part at any point in the survey. Collected information is anonymized and provided to the health unit for analysis.

RRFSS data contributes to Ottawa public health reports that can be found online at Public Health Reports.

Influenza report

This report summarizes information on influenza in the community and acute care in Ottawa and the rest of the province.  It also includes information about respiratory and enteric outbreaks in institutions such as long term care, retirement homes and acute care. 

2016 Influenza Reports

2015 Influenza Reports

2014 Influenza Report

Outbreak Report in Ottawa Healthcare Institutions

A current institutional outbreak status report for the city of Ottawa is listed below. This weekly report is posted each Friday to provide a summary of all outbreaks in institutions (including hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes) that are currently active, as well as those that have been declared over in the previous seven days.

Recommendations for Visitors to Healthcare Institutions

  • Adhere to the infection control measures and outbreak protocols of the facility
  • Always check in at the reception or front desk upon arrival
  • Do not visit if you are ill
  • If the facility is experiencing an outbreak, limit your visit to only one resident, as much as possible
  • Clean your hands often with liquid soap and running water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, including, but not limited to:
    • When entering the facility and before leaving
    • Before entering and after leaving a resident's room
    • Before eating or assisting a resident with his/her meals
    • After going to the washroom or blowing your nose
    • Get immunized against influenza every year

Responsibilities of Healthcare Institutions

The Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) requires healthcare institutions (hospitals, long-term care home and retirement homes) to monitor staff and patients/residents for signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever) and respiratory infection (e.g. new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, fever/chills). These institutions are also required to look for, detect and immediately report suspected and/or confirmed outbreaks to their local public health authority. 

Responsibilities of Ottawa Public Health (OPH)

Under the HPPA, OPH is required to investigate all reports of suspected and confirmed outbreaks of gastroenteritis and respiratory infections.  OPH works with healthcare institutions to proactively prevent and control outbreaks, including the implementation of infection prevention and control best practices.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa Public Health Outbreak Reporting and Infection Prevention and Control Line at 613-580-6744 ext. 26325.

Institutional outbreak status report

Weekly outbreak summary (PDF) for the week of March 17, 2017 to March 23, 2017.