Critical Care Strategy

Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO)

Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) was established in 2005 by the Ministry of Health as the Critical Care Secretariat (in response to the 2003 SARS outbreak). The mandate of CCSO is to work in collaboration with system partners to centrally develop and coordinate integrated system solutions for critical care (Adult, Paediatric and Neonatal), and associated speciality programs (Neurosurgery, Trauma, Burns and the Life or Limb Policy).

The implementation of the first Provincial Critical Care Strategy (2005) by CCSO laid the foundation for many of the programs and initiatives that support the current critical care system and enabled the effective critical care system response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working closely with system partners, CCSO’s implementation of foundational items and improvement initiatives has facilitated a stronger networked system of care, the development of knowledge translation and educational opportunities, and analytical support for performance management and system standards.

Ontario’s Critical Care system is a global leader in the design of critical care planning and delivery. CCSO continues to deliver on its commitment to improving access, quality, system integration and value in the health system by addressing the policy and operational issues that impact Ontario’s critical care system.

For more information about CCSO, please visit CCSO’s website.

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In Toronto, (416) 314–5518
TTY 1–800–387–5559.
In Toronto, TTY (416)327–4282
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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