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Wait Time Data Collection

The data available on the Surgical Wait Times website includes only scheduled procedures. It is updated on a bimonthly basis with data from the Surgical Patient Registry (SPR).

Surgical Patient Registry

The Surgical Patient Registry (SPR) captures adult and pediatric surgical procedures that are typically completed in an operating room or another room that requires similar equipment and human resources. The surgeries are captured in hospital's operating room booking system.

Some of the data available on the website are not recorded by the SPR, but are submitted bimonthly to the Ministry by other agencies. These include:

The SPR allows health authorities to collect the dates that patients have identified as periods of time during which they are unavailable for surgery. These time periods are deducted from the patient's total Wait for Surgery.


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), as data custodian for the SPR, provides the ongoing management for this provincial resource. All health authorities are committed to maintaining confidentiality and personal privacy and must comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Visit PHSA's privacy information webpage regarding the use of data from the SPR.

For the purposes of ensuring patient confidentiality, all cases waiting fields shown on the Surgery Wait Times website with values less than five are shown as < 5.

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