Health of Canadians
Chief Statistician’s Message

Statistics Canada plays a leading role in collecting, analyzing and reporting on health statistics. The Health Statistics Branch within Statistics Canada is the country’s primary source of national population health data and insights. It builds upon its well-established foundation as a critical source of health information by providing more data and actionable insights for all levels of government, researchers, clinicians and the public to support the health, economic, social and environmental well-being of Canadians.

To this end, the Health of Canadians report brings together important health data, both for the population overall and for specific groups, to provide a comprehensive portrait of population health and to shed light on health disparities. It includes key statistics on population health such as health outcomes (e.g., chronic conditions), health behaviours (e.g., exercise, nutrition), access to health care (e.g., unmet health care needs) and determinants of health (e.g., age, income). This report represents one aspect of our commitment to improving access to health data, including disaggregated data to achieve better health outcomes for all Canadians.

Anil Arora
Chief Statistician of Canada

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