About the OSN

Our mission, vision and values drive our provincial work plan.

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Ontario Stroke Network

To achieve its vision of fewer strokes, better outcomes the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) is transforming the approach to vascular prevention and stroke care.

The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN), created in 2008, is a non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OSN provides provincial leadership and coordination for the Ontario’s 11 Regional Stroke Networks that support the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (Ontario Stroke System) by recommending, implementing and evaluating province-wide goals and standards for the continuum of stroke care, including health promotion and stroke prevention, acute care, recovery and reintegration.

By working closely with regional experts, The Ontario Stroke Network advances the Ontario Stroke System by positively impacting the following provincial statistics:

  • Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death.
  • The risk of stroke doubles every 10 years for those aged 55 or older.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability & patient transfer from hospital to long-term care facilities.
  • Twelve per cent of stroke patients die within 30 days of suffering a stroke, while 22 per cent die within the year.
  • Strokes account for 20,000 emergency department visits and 15,350 inpatient hospital admissions.
  • Fifty-five per cent of stroke patients are discharged home from hospital.
  • Twenty-three per cent of stroke patients are discharged to rehabilitation facilities.
  • There is significant variation in stroke care across the province.

OSN’s multi-pronged mandate includes supporting the evaluation and progress of the Ontario Stroke System. OSN also leads or facilitates provincial initiatives.  The Ontario Stroke Registry (formerly the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network) is now also managed by OSN, with assistance from partner organization, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

History of OSN

April 2016

As a valued stakeholder/partner we would like to inform you that as of April 1, 2016, the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) and Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CCN) have come together as a single entity to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach to cardiac, vascular and stroke care in Ontario. The corporate structure will be the CCN.

April 2008

The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) was created in 2008 to provide provincial leadership and planning for the continuum of stroke care in Ontario. It receives funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and its key function is to enable the advancement of the Ontario Stroke System, consisting of all Ontario stroke centres and prevention clinics, primarily through leading provincial initiatives, acting as a credible advisor, evaluating and driving system performance and coordinating research and knowledge management programs.

March 2000

In 2000, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care supported the development of the Ontario Stroke System. The Ontario Stroke System strategy promotes a model that is comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based and province-wide. The overall goal of the stroke system is to decrease the incidence of stroke and improve care and outcomes by reorganizing stroke care to ensure that all Ontarians have access to appropriate, quality stroke care in a timely manner.

January 1997

In 1997, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario convened a group of stroke experts from across the province to develop a framework for stroke care in Ontario.  It was agreed that a collaborative project would maximize the impact of many local efforts. As a result, the expert team and the Heart and Stroke Foundation championed the Coordinated Stroke Strategy.