ICES Western

ICES Faculty Scholars Program Frequently Asked Questions

Established in 1992, ICES is an independent not-for-profit research institute with an international reputation as a trusted, impartial, and credible source of high-quality health services research and evidence. ICES is made up of a highly accomplished community of research, data, clinical and health system experts who work through a network of seven sites across Ontario. Under Ontario law, ICES is named as a ‘prescribed entity’, and is permitted to hold and use a vast and secure array of Ontario’s health-related data. 

The ICES Data Repository consists of record-level, coded and linkable health data sets. It encompasses much of the publicly funded administrative health services records for the Ontario population eligible for universal health coverage since 1986 and is capable of integrating research-specific data, registries and surveys. Currently, the repository includes health service records for as many as 13 million people. The ICES network of experts can access this rich repository of Ontario’s health-related data to generate high-quality and impactful evidence used to guide decision-making and inform changes in delivery of healthcare services and policy related to health.

ICES Western is one of the seven ICES sites. Through our site, researchers leverage the vast data repository at ICES. All ICES projects require the participation of an ICES scientist to oversee the conduct of the project in accordance with ICES policies and procedures. ICES scientists are independent researchers with a university academic appointment at the level of assistant professor or higher and have demonstrated experience using ICES data to conduct health services research. ICES Western has a growing community of ICES scientists across diverse programs of research. 

ICES Western provides specialized services to support ICES scientist-initiated research using health care administrative data. We also support requests from health care decision makers. Our team is comprised of highly qualified personnel with specialized training in health services research and we continue to recruit and train personnel to support the evolving needs of our research community. ICES Western operates using a cost-recovery model for research and data services. Our researchers have been very successful in securing grants involving ICES data from organizations such as CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation, AMOSO, Public Health Agency of Canada, and PSI Foundation.

“ICES research allows us to focus on real-world gaps in care in Ontario and it gives us an opportunity to study people and patients who have not been able to participate in randomized trials or traditional research studies.” - Dr. Kristin Clemens, ICES Western Site Director

Featured Projects from ICES Western

Food on the brain

Household food insecurity and health service use for mental and substance use disorders among children and adolescents in Ontario, Canada  - CMAJ

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Personalised cooler dialysate for patients receiving maintenance haemodialysis (MyTEMP): a pragmatic, cluster-randomised trial - The Lancet  

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine coverage and factors associated with vaccine uptake among 23 247 adults with a recent history of homelessness in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study - The Lancet Public Health   


Visit the ICES website for a list of all ICES Western publications.

“ICES is very much at the forefront of improving care and quality for all Ontarians. Our research is shared internationally with both academics and non-academics, and it has changed practice and policy; it's an extremely impactful organization.” - Dr. Kristin Clemens, ICES Western Site Director

Contact Us

ICES Western
800 Commissioners Road East, ELL-220
London, Ontario N6A 5W9

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ICES Faculty Scholars Program Frequently Asked Questions