Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS)

The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) is the result of a collaborative network of provincial and territorial surveillance systems, supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The system collects data on all residents who are eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance and can generate national estimates and trends over time for over 20 chronic diseases and other selected health outcomes. To identify people with chronic diseases, provincial and territorial health insurance registry records are linked using a unique personal identifier to the corresponding physician billing claims, hospital discharge abstract records and prescription drug records.
Health outcomes related to chronic diseases and conditions included in the CCDSS
Morbidity and mortality
  • incidence
  • prevalence (cumulative and active for select diseases/conditions)
  • all-cause mortality
Health events/complications
  • annual prevalence
  • all-cause mortality following hip fracture
Use of health services
  • annual prevalence
  • all-cause mortality following first health care encounter for select mental illnesses
Cardiovascular diseases
Acute myocardial infarction
Heart failure
Ischemic heart disease
Hospitalized events
Chronic respiratory diseases
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Mental illnesses
Mental illness and alcohol/drug induced disorders
Mood and anxiety disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders
Related fractures including forearm, humeral, spine, pelvis, hip and any fracture

Care gap following fracture
Gout and crystal arthropathies
Rheumatoid arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Neurological conditions
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinsonism, including Parkinson's disease

Suggested citation: Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS), Data Tool 2000–2016, 2018 Edition. Ottawa (ON): Public Health Agency of Canada; 2019.

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More information: The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System – An Overview

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