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System Performance

Time Spent in Emergency Departments

If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

This is how long patients spent in emergency departments in Ontario hospitals at various stages and depending on their condition.


Jan 2017
Wait Time to First Assessment by a Doctor in Emergency for All Patients:

Length of Stay in Emergency for Low-Urgency Patients Not Admitted to Hospital:

Length of Stay in Emergency for High-Urgency Patients Not Admitted to Hospital:

Length of Stay in Emergency for All Patients Admitted to Hospital:


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Data source: National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provided by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). For more information, please visit the Indicator Library for the technical description of Wait Time to First Assessment in Emergency indicator (average time and volume) and Length of Stay in Emergency indicators (average time, volume, and percentage within target).

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