COVID-19 epidemiological reports

Detailed information for 2021





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The data contain detailed confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada, which is compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada, with the contribution from provincial and territorial Health ministries.

Data release - January 7, 2021 (First in a serie of releases for this reference period.)


In collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), this data provides Canadians and researchers with preliminary data to monitor only the confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada. Given the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, these data are considered preliminary.

Given the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the multi-tiered approach to data collection on case reporting, data are considered preliminary. Confirmed case data is collected by the PHAC from various sources, including provincial and territorial Health ministries. These data should not be considered comprehensive given a possible lag time between when cases occur and when they are reported nationally.

Reference period: Calendar year

Collection period: Collection is continuous.


  • Health

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The entire Canadian population.

Instrument design

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.


Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore no sampling is done.

Data sources

Data are extracted from administrative files.

Confirmed cases are laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 for which a case report form has been received by the Public Health Agency of Canada from provincial or territorial partners.

Error detection

This methodology does not apply.


This methodology does not apply.


This methodology does not apply.

Quality evaluation

This methodology does not apply.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

Cases in this database may be revised as new information is captured related to a person's hospitalization status, ICU admittance, or death. The record level case identifier will be kept consistent after revisions and the information on the date the case was last updated will reflect the most recent information obtained.

Data accuracy

This methodology does not apply.

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