OSSU and Compute Ontario Announce Partnership to Develop Data Governance Standards and Solutions

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) and Compute Ontario (CO) have announced a strategic partnership to develop best-in-class data governance standards and assessment solutions, with a focus on aspects such as data equity, timely access, and building a more agile data and analytics workforce.  

OSSU and CO will collaborate and leverage their respective expertise in data governance and data trusts, to address challenges and opportunities around data standards and collaboration and supporting the development of a highly-skilled workforce. The partnership will result in recommendations on new principles, guidelines and standards for these areas.

OSSU’s Executive Director, Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan notes, “As the catalyst for impactful patient-oriented research in the province of Ontario, we welcome the opportunity to work closely with Compute Ontario in relation to health data that can support research to make a difference in the life of Ontarians. Bringing their knowledge and capacities in step with those of OSSU’s data work will undoubtedly improve research in Ontario.”

Nizar Ladak, President & CEO, Compute Ontario, adds, “We look forward to collaborating with OSSU on the development of new standards and recommended solutions for data governance challenges. OSSU brings in-depth knowledge of data governance models, practices, challenges and opportunities, and the highly skilled workforce that supports it. We look forward to collaborating with them and leverage our joint expertise to achieve common goals.”


The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is a network of 15 leading health research centres, supported by a coordinating centre located in Toronto that engages researchers, patients and other partners in patient-oriented research to improve the health of Ontarians and the health care system. Jointly funded by the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, OSSU provides support such as expertise, infrastructure, training and resources to people conducting patient-oriented research to help implement Canada’s Strategy for patient-oriented research in Ontario. Specifically, OSSU has a data platform component that seeks to make available health data and analytics that address equity, diversity and inclusion, and links health data with other relevant data in Ontario, for patient-oriented research across Ontario in a timely fashion to support impacts on health policy, learning health systems and Ontarian’s health outcomes.

About Compute Ontario

Compute Ontario (CO) is an independent not-for-profit advisor and collaborating organization for advanced research computing (ARC) within the province, and at the federal level. Formed in 2014, CO works as a network hub, creating partnerships between government, academia, industry and other stakeholders.  Learn more at www.computeontario.ca