Opioids data, surveillance and research

The opioid overdose crisis continues to devastate communities and families across the country. It is affecting the health and lives of people from all walks of life, all age groups and all socio-economic backgrounds. National data, surveillance and research are gathered from across Canada to help guide response efforts for the opioid overdose crisis.

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Opioid-related harms

The opioid overdose crisis has affected every part of the country, but some regions and populations have been more impacted than others.

Provinces and territories collect and share data on:

  • apparent opioid-related deaths
  • opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations
  • suspected opioid-related overdoses attended by Emergency Medical Services

This update provides key findings, interactive maps and details on observed trends at the national-level.

Opioid-related harms in Canada (Last updated: September 2020)

Federal actions

We remain committed to a collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to the opioid overdose crisis.

Overview: Federal Actions on opioids (Last updated: September 2020)

Reports, studies and surveys

We conduct studies and publish reports to improve our understanding of the opioid overdose crisis on a national level.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Health Canada

Statistics Canada

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Provincial and territorial information

Provincial and territorial differences exist in the impact of the opioid crisis and in their response. To find out more, please refer to the links below:


For more information

Learn more about problematic substance use, opioids and the Government of Canada's approach to addressing the crisis:

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