Health Data Research Network Canada’s efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 include having our team work from home for the time being.

We are doing our utmost to ensure that this will have minimal impact on our services, and we thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.

We have also created a page with resources for multi-jurisdictional research related to COVID-19. Learn more.

Questions or concerns should be sent to:

The Data Access Support Hub (DASH) is a one-stop data access service portal for researchers requiring multi-jurisdictional data in Canada. 

To begin the data access request process, you will need to sign up for a free DASH account.

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DASH aims to:

  • Provide transparent and readily available information on the availability of data assets, common algorithms, and data access processes 
  • Provide coordinated data access support to researchers
  • Collect feedback for meaningful DASH performance reporting and continuous process improvement
  • Over time, harmonize, streamline, and automate the multi-jurisdictional data access process in Canada where possible.

DASH services are provided by a multi-centre coordination team from various provincial/territorial data centres and pan-Canadian organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada.

DASH supports and respects OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) Principles when requesting, accessing and using First Nations data, as set out by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC). Learn more.

Coming Spring 2020:

As we launch DASH, we will be making improvements. These include:

  • Translation of the Data Assets, Data Access Processes and multi-jurisdictional Algorithms inventories into French
  • Increase the quantity and level of detail in the inventories 
  • Enhanced search functions for the inventories


DASH was created as part of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Data Platform. In this initial phase, access requests from researchers from SPOR Support Units and Networks, as well as recipients of Innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) grants, will be prioritized.


DASH is supported by CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and by federal, provincial, and territorial partners.

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