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Important Notice: Potential Canada Post Strike - PHO Laboratory Service Changes

In the event of a Canada Post strike, the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Laboratory have developed contingency plans to ensure customers receive laboratory reports in a timely fashion. For more information please see this notice. For more information on getting your water test results, see ​this poster​


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​A look inside ​PHO's laboratory
PHO operates eleven laboratories across the province, offering you these services:
  • Clinical and environmental testing
  • Clinical consultation
  • Technical and customer service support
  • Education and training programs for laboratory professionals
  • Evaluation of new laboratory technologies and methodologies
To prepare for and respond to emergencies, our team:​
  • Provides laboratory surveillance
  • Tests for bioterrorism
  • Investigates outbreaks
  • Supports and contributes resources to incident management

Spring/Summer Algorithm for Influenza and other Respiratory Viral Testing

Beginning on June 6, 2016, Public Health Ontario will be switching to the spring/summer algorithm for influenza and other respiratory viral testing. Please see the Labstract for more details.


Public Health Ontario Laboratory-Based Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Reports

The PHO Laboratory-Based Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Report summarizes patients’ specimens tested at the Public Health Ontario Laboratories (PHOL) for influenza and other respiratory pathogens.
View Laboratory-Based Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance Report.

For a more comprehensive report, combining PHOL data and other sources of respiratory virus  testing data, please refer to the Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin


Toronto Laboratory Relocation

The Toronto laboratory has relocated and is fully operational at 661 University Avenue.

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