We’re building Ontario’s Roadmap to eliminate hepatitis C

We’re creating a roadmap to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030 in Ontario. More than 110,000 Ontarians are living with hepatitis C and it is among the most burdensome infectious diseases in the province. With a diagnosis that is simple, an effective cure and proven prevention strategies, eliminating hepatitis C is within our grasp. We’re working across the hepatitis C, community health and public health sectors to plan how we can expand and implement evidence-informed actions in Ontario to end hepatitis C for good.

An estimated 110,000 people are living with hepatitis C in Ontario

44% of people living with hepatitis C are unaware that they have the disease

A highly effective cure is publicly covered for almost all Ontarians

Who are we?

As part of a national process by the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C, the Ontario Roadmap is being developed by a collective of clinical and community leaders from Ontario’s hepatitis C sector. Together, we bring front-line and system-level expertise in hepatitis C prevention, testing and treatment. We are working closely with an advisory committee that includes representation of people with lived experience, priority population groups, researchers, healthcare workers, policy-makers, community workers and more. Find out who else is involved.

From a national blueprint to an Ontario Roadmap

Canada has committed to achieving World Health Organization targets for eliminating hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030. In 2019, the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C took the first step by creating a national Blueprint to Inform Hepatitis C Elimination Efforts in Canada. This set out bold targets to eliminate hepatitis C.

By 2030, Canada aims to:

Reduce new infections by 80%

Diagnose 90% of people living with hepatitis C

Begin treatment for 80% of people living with hepatitis C

To meet these targets, the national blueprint outlines several evidence-informed recommendations to improve prevention, testing and treatment, as well as ways to track our progress. It adopts a priority population lens, focusing on those most at risk for hepatitis C:

people who use drugs
Indigenous people
people with experience in the prison system
immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C is common
gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
people born between 1945 and 1975

The Canadian Network on Hepatitis C is supporting provinces and territories across Canada to take these recommendations and plan the path forward toward elimination in each region.

We’re building Ontario’s Roadmap with your help

Action on hepatitis C elimination will take commitment from partners across the cascade of hepatitis C care. We’re working with a full range of individuals and organizations touched by hepatitis C, including people with lived experience, priority population groups, researchers, healthcare workers, policy-makers and community workers. We’ve assembled a multi-sector advisory committee with the expertise, influence and perspectives to chart a path forward toward elimination.

Our team and advisory committee

This initiative is being led by co-chairs Dr. Jordan Feld, clinician scientist at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, and Jason Altenberg, CEO of South Riverdale Community Health Centre. CATIE, the Health Commons Solutions Lab and the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C are providing planning support.

A multi-stakeholder advisory committee is overseeing this project. They reflect a diverse set of professions, communities and voices from across the province. Represented organizations include:

Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (University Health Network)
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Toronto Community Hepatitis C Program
Action Hepatitis Canada
Ontario Hepatitis C Teams Network
Elevate NWO
HIV Legal Network
Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses
Indigenous Primary Health Care Council
Alliance for Healthier Communities
Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario
Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
Sanguen Health Centre
Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic (Women’s College Hospital)
Niagara Health Hepatitis C Care Clinic
Ontario Ministry of Health (ex-officio)
Public Health Ontario (ex-officio)