PHSA, the 5 regional health authorities (HAs) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) signed a General Health Information Sharing Agreement (the "GHISA") that sets out a common template for Information Sharing Situations, such as data linkages. This common template, known as an Information Sharing Plan (ISP), outlines the terms and conditions under which record-level data is exchanged for evaluation, public health surveillance and research purposes.
If you are a PHSA-Affiliated Researcher requesting PHSA data be linked to data from another HA or the MoH, you will need to work with the PHSA data custodian and PHSA Information Access & Privacy Office (IAP Office). You should contact the PHSA data custodian first to initiate the development of the ISP. They will take the lead in working with you and the IAP Office in developing the ISP.
In addition to the ISP, some HAs require a Privacy Impact Assessment or other additional reviews. Information on data access processes and forms required by HAs will be posted on the MoH's Health Authorities webpage as it becomes available. Information on other sources of administrative data is also available on the MoH's Other Administrative Data webpage.
Data requests from External Researchers for PHSA data to be linked to their HA's data should go through their data custodian and privacy office, who will reach out to PHSA on their behalf.