Communicable diseases (CDs) are made notifiable in the provinces and territories of Canada by provincial and territorial statute. The list of notifiable diseases at the federal level is agreed upon by consensus among provincial, territorial and federal health authorities, using agreed upon criteria. The Final Report and Recommendations from the National Notifiable Disease Working Group outlines the rationale behind the choice of diseases, and the process to choose the list that is current in 2009. In this review, the changing epidemiology of infectious diseases results in some previously notifiable diseases being removed from the list and new communicable diseases added. The reader should refer to Table 1 to determine the years in which a specific communicable disease has been reportable, and for links that provide details about each disease. The purpose of making a specific CD reportable is to facilitate both tracking and required control efforts by public health personnel. In addition, the NND list helps to promote uniformity and synergy among the provincial and territorial efforts and conformity with international reporting requirements.
Notifiable Diseases On-Line is a web based application developed by the Notifiable Diseases Section of the Public Health Agency of Canada to enhance dissemination of surveillance data collected on notifiable diseases in Canada.
The application contains information on the number of cases reported for several of the notifiable diseases as well as their rate in the population. The data are available for each province and territory for each year starting at 1989 and is updated when data can be finalized with the provinces and territories. (For 1999, Northwest Territories and Nunavut data have been combined). Please see the Technical Notes section for more information on reliability of measures over time.
This section provides information on the use of notifiable diseases data, limitations of the data, and important considerations to be taken into account when analyzing and interpreting the data.
This section will allow the user to create maps of Canada showing the number of reported cases and rates of infection per 100,000 population for selected notifiable diseases. The data may be broken down by sex, age-group and year.
This section allows the user to generate tables and charts showing the number of reported cases and rates of infection per 100,000 population for selected notifiable diseases. The data may be broken down by sex, age-group, province/territory, year and chart type.
This section contains definitions in non-technical language for most of the technical terms used on this site. Definitions for technical terms are also provided throughout Notifiable Diseases On-Line. By clicking on the underlined term you will be taken to the word in the Glossary. From the Glossary page, please use your browser's [BACK] button to return to your previous selection page.