Canada faces a growing opioid crisis. Since January 2016, there have been more than 10,000 opioid-related deaths, of which 93 percent were accidental or unintentional. Securing data on opioid use and related overdoses is crucial to the design and delivery of interventions. And yet, timely and accurate data, particularly on non-fatal overdoses, remains limited.

MaRS wants to change this. In September 2018, together with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and support from Statistics Canada, MaRS launched the Opioid Data Challenge. This innovation-driven competition asked Canadians to identify novel sources of data and analytical mechanisms to bolster health institutions existing information and allow them to for a better understanding of the opioid crisis.

Almost one year after the launch of the Opioid Data Challenge, the top five finalists will be showcasing their submissions to a pan-Canadian audience in a unique online event. Tune in from anywhere across the country to hear from these teams. They’ll explain the innovative ways by which they have captured data on opioid overdoses in their communities — and how these solutions can be applied in other jurisdictions.

Please note: the link to view this online event will be sent after registration.

Opening remarks

  • Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian, associate chief medical officer of health, health promotion, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Our finalists

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Brave Technology Coop
  • New Leaf Outreach Society
  • Team Surrey (Fraser Health; Surrey Fire Service; Surrey RCMP)
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
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