Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS)

In 1997, Health Canada established the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS), taking advantage of administrative health data (practitioner billings, hospital discharge) available across all provinces and territories.  This system was envisioned to be capable of long-term monitoring of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and its complications and providing comparable national data to assist in policy development.  Several national reports based on the NDSS have been released, containing information on prevalence incidence, mortality, comorbidity, and health services utilization.1,2
The Public Health Agency of Canada expanded the NDSS beyond diabetes, to include several other chronic conditions, the first of which was hypertension. To reflect this broader mandate, the NDSS became the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) in 2009. Other chronic conditions reported through the CCDSS include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental illness (mood and anxiety disorders), acute myocardial infarction, stroke, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, hip fracture, osteoporosis, demntia, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, and multiple sclerosis.