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Interpretation Note

Wait times have been impacted by lower-than-normal emergency department volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Provincial × Surgery

Learn about target times.

March 2020
Wait Time to First Assessment by a Doctor in Emergency for All Patients:

On average, patients waited

1.3Hours

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

On average, patients spent

2.3Hours

87% of patients finished their emergency visit within target time of 4 hours
Length of Stay in Emergency for High-Urgency Patients Not Admitted to Hospital:

On average, patients spent

3.6Hours

94% of patients finished their emergency visit within target time of 8 hours
Length of Stay in Emergency for All Patients Admitted to Hospital:

On average, patients spent

12.8Hours

45% of patients admitted to hospital from emergency within target time of 8 hours

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Provincial × Surgery

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Hospital name Average (Hours)
Ontario 1.3
William Osler Health System - Etobicoke General 0.5
Grey Bruce Health Services - Markdale Site 0.6
Southlake Regional Health Centre 0.7
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance : Clinton Public Hospital 0.7
South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Chesley 0.7
Sensenbrenner Hospital 0.7
Niagara Health System - Fort Erie Douglas 0.7
William Osler Health System - Peel Memorial Center 0.7
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance : Seaforth Community Hospital 0.8
South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Durham 0.8
Grey Bruce Health Services - Meaford Site 0.8
Georgian Bay General Hospital - Midland Site 0.8
Grey Bruce Health Services - Lions Head 0.8
Trillium Health Partners - Queensway Health Centre 0.8
Mackenzie Health - Vaughan Site 0.9
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital - Birchmount 0.9
Quinte Healthcare Corporation - Picton 0.9
Kingston Health Sciences Centre - Hotel Dieu 0.9
Timmins And District General Hospital 0.9
Collingwood General And Marine Hospital 0.9
Markham Stouffville Hospital - Markham Site 0.9
St. Joseph's Health Care London - St. Joseph's Hospital 0.9
Bluewater Health - Charlotte Eleanor Englehart (Petrolia) 0.9
Niagara Health System - Port Colborne Site 1
University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital 1
Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph's 1
Quinte Healthcare Corporation - North Hastings 1
Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital 1
West Nipissing General Hospital 1
Lakeridge Health - Oshawa Site 1
Hanover And District Hospital 1
Perth And Smiths Falls District Hospital - Perth Site 1
Markham Stouffville Hospital - Uxbridge Site 1
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare - Bracebridge 1
Scarborough Health Network - Scarborough General Site 1.1
Woodstock General Hospital 1.1
St. Marys Memorial Hospital 1.1
Kingston Health Sciences Centre - Kingston General 1.1
Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital 1.1
Grey Bruce Health Services - Wiarton Site 1.1
Lakeridge Health - Port Perry 1.1
North York General Hospital - General Site 1.1
Northumberland Hills Hospital 1.1
Hamilton Health Sciences Corp - McMaster Children's Hospital 1.1
Perth And Smiths Falls District Hospital - Smiths Falls Site 1.1
Cornwall Community Hospital - Mcconnell Avenue Site 1.1
Halton Healthcare Services Corp - Georgetown 1.1
William Osler Health System - Brampton Civic 1.1
The Hospital For Sick Children 1.2
Niagara Health System - Greater Niagara 1.2
Health Sciences North - Ramsay Lake Health Centre 1.2
Peterborough Regional Health Centre 1.2
St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital 1.2
Campbellford Memorial Hospital 1.2
South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Kincardine 1.2
South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Walkerton 1.2
Quinte Healthcare Corporation - Trenton 1.2
Grey Bruce Health Services - Owen Sound 1.2
Grey Bruce Health Services - Southampton 1.2
Scarborough Health Network - Centenary 1.2
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance : Stratford General Hospital 1.2
Lakeridge Health - Bowmanville 1.2
Ross Memorial Hospital 1.2
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance - Wallaceburg 1.2
Temiskaming Hospital 1.2
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 1.2
Hamilton Health Sciences Corp - West Lincoln Memorial Hospital 1.2
Cambridge Memorial Hospital 1.3
Bluewater Health - Sarnia General Site 1.3
Joseph Brant Hospital 1.3
Renfrew Victoria Hospital 1.3
Toronto East Health Network - Michael Garron Hospital 1.3
Stevenson Memorial Hospital 1.3
Humber River Hospital - Wilson Site 1.3
Sinai Health System - Mount Sinai Hospital 1.4
Niagara Health System - Welland County 1.4
Guelph General Hospital 1.4
Alexandra Hospital 1.4
Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital 1.4
Lakeridge Health-Ajax Site 1.4
Notre Dame Hospital 1.4
St. Mary's General Hospital 1.4
Brockville General Hospital - Charles ST Site 1.4
West Parry Sound Health Centre 1.4
London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital 1.4
London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital 1.4
Trillium Health Partners - Mississauga Hospital 1.4
University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital 1.5
Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael's 1.5
Grand River Hospital Corp - Waterloo Site 1.5
Halton Healthcare Services Corporation - Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital 1.5
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 1.5
Dryden Regional Health Centre 1.5
Hamilton Health Sciences Corp - Juravinski Hospital 1.5
Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital 1.5
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre 1.6
Pembroke Regional Hospital 1.6
Erie Shores Healthcare 1.6
Groves Memorial Community Hospital 1.6
Lake Of The Woods District Hospital 1.6
Hamilton Health Sciences Corp - Hamilton General Hospital 1.6
Queensway Carleton Hospital 1.7
The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus 1.7
Lennox And Addington County General Hospital 1.7
Hopital Montfort 1.7
Norfolk General Hospital 1.7
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance - Chatham 1.7
North Bay Regional Health Centre - North Bay Site 1.7
Niagara Health System - St Catharines General 1.8
Quinte Healthcare Corporation - Belleville 1.8
Glengarry Memorial Hospital 1.8
Children's Hospital Of Eastern Ontario 1.9
Hawkesbury And District General Hospital 1.9
Windsor Regional Hospital - Ouellette Campus 2
Sault Area Hospital - Sault Ste Marie 2.1
The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus 2.1
Winchester District Memorial Hospital 2.1
Windsor Regional Hospital - Metropolitan Campus 2.4


Average time all patients waited for first assessment by a doctor in emergency, in Ontario, 201903 to 202003
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Ontario
201903 1.6
201904 1.6
201905 1.6
201906 1.6
201907 1.6
201908 1.6
201909 1.6
201910 1.6
201911 1.6
201912 1.7
202001 1.8
202002 1.6
202003 1.3

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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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