Message from the Director

headshot of Lise BisnaireWhen the World Health Organization chose 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, COVID-19 was non-existent. 2020 was to be a year to recognize and celebrate the incredible work of nurses and midwives.  Who could have predicted the extraordinary challenges and sacrifices these health-care professionals as well as many others would face in 2020?

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On behalf of BORN Ontario, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the health-care providers in Ontario, especially those who care for pregnant people and their newborns. Amidst the uncertainty, unrelenting work load, and incredible stress, health-care providers from 91 organizations across Ontario have also been submitting case report forms to capture critical information about COVID-19 in pregnancy. BORN’s ability to provide emerging data during a rapidly-evolving global pandemic is a testament to their dedication to serving the maternal-child population of Ontario.

How does COVID-19 infection and vaccination impact pregnant individuals and their newborns? In this year’s Annual Report, you’ll hear how BORN is addressing this question as well as many other perinatal issues important to Ontario health-care providers, researchers, policy-makers, and families.

One of the highlights of 2020-21 was launching a portfolio dedicated to Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We know that sociodemographic factors have an impact on health – this has been well researched. The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on this, and highlighted the lack of robust Canadian data that could be used to assess impact and improve care. Pregnancy and birth are where population health begins and where BORN can have an incredible impact. An internal team was convened to lead this critically important work and an external call for participation will be made soon. The external group will advise how BORN could play a role in enabling the safe collection, storage, and use of sociodemographic data, including race, to improve outcomes and facilitate care for marginalized communities across Ontario.

Work dedicated to Indigenous Wellness continued in 2020-21 including building a foundation of cultural safety, increasing our analytical expertise and understanding of data sovereignty, and determining how that could be implemented at BORN. We look forward to further engagement with Indigenous Nations and Families to inform future potential data collection and use.

I hope you enjoy this year’s Annual Report. We would appreciate your feedback - please take a few moments to complete the evaluation after you read the report.


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BORN 2020-21 Impact: By the Numbers

78 Team Members; 45 Projects; 138 Custom Data Releases; 13,253 BIS Users; 1,278,156 Birth Records in the BIS; 140+ Reports Available to BIS Users; 363 Data Sharing Agreements; 1500+ Data Elements in the BIS; 116 BIS Enhancements 2 Dads with smiling baby


Financial Operating Statement

BORN Ontario Revenue 2020-21: $9,971,042
Funding SourcePercentage
Ministry of Health 97%
Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services 3%
BORN Ontario Expenditures 2020-21: $9,971,042
Program Costs 64%
Purchased Services (Technical, Legal, Privacy, Professional Services) 9%
Technical Infrastructure and Maintenance 13%
Prenatal Screening Ontario 11%
Strategic Projects (Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services) 3%