"Health indicators are measures of health and of the factors that affect health. They are numbers and statistics that can provide a basis for comparison. In a nutshell, that’s the purpose and power of health indicators. They let you measure, monitor, and compare important factors that influence the health of Canadians and the health care system." (A Citizen's Guide to Health Indicators: A reference guide for Canadians by Health Council of Canada )
This guide will give you an introduction to finding health indicators and health statistics using Canada's two primary sources: Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
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More documentation about Health Indicators:
Providing reliable statistics to Canadians.
CIHI is committed to collecting, analyzing and sharing credible health data to help improve our health care systems and the health of all Canadians. We’ve compiled our key reports and resources containing information related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Keep in mind when looking for statistics for particular groups you may need to expand your view.
Age -- to find data on a specific age range look for tables that have the variable "Age Group"
ex. Table: 13-10-0111-01 -- Number and rates of new cases of primary cancer, by cancer type, age group and sex
Note: CIHI does not cover children under 12 or in foster care.
Indigenous peoples -- data is collected differently on-reserve and off-reserve. There are a couple of different approaches to finding data on indigenous peoples.
2SLGBTQIA+ Communities -- the tables are challenging to isolate but there is quite a bit of information synthesized - recommend using the search rather than browsing tables.
Since 2022, RRC Polytech has used the acronym 2SLGBTQIA+ for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual, while + stands for other ways individuals express their gender and sexuality outside heteronormativity and the gender binary.
We’re equally committed to fostering a safe campus environment by ensuring everyone has the chance to work, learn, and access services in an inclusive and welcoming manner.
The terms outlined in this guide are for navigating search tools that may be external to RRC Polytech and may use alternative terms that are not reflective of the values at Red River College Polytechnic.