Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Original source: Ontario Ministry of
Distributed by: Health Intelligence Units
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Ministry of Transportation Collision Database [years], [Name of HIU],
- The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) maintains a database on every reportable
motor vehicle collision that occurs in Ontario. The data are based on the motor vehicle
accident report completed by the investigating police officer or staff at a Collision
- Three groupings of files are on the database: collision information (e.g., location,
number of vehicles involved, road conditions), driver/vehicle information (e.g.,
drivers age and condition, vehicle type), and if a collision results in injury,
information about the persons involved (age, sex, position in the vehicle). The files are
linked by a common identification number.
- Collision data are provided geographically by place of occurrence, not by the residence
of the driver or injured person; however, the driver's Forward Sortation Area or FSA
(first 3 characters of postal code) was made available for some years (1995, 1996).
Residence was obtained by linking the drivers license file with the collision file
and is based on the drivers place of residence on one selected day during the year.
- Analysis based on place of occurrence can be misleading since collisions may occur to
people who do not live in that area, particularly if the area is frequented by tourists
References and Resources
- Ardal S, Berkowitz-Sandhu M, Woodward GL. Driver Residence Analysis of Motor Vehicle
Collisions: A Discussion Paper on the Potential of MTO Data to Address Population Health
Issues. Central East Health Information Partnership, August 2002.
- Central East Health Information Partnership, Health Data: Ministry of Transportation
Collision Database. URL:
Date of last revision: September 24, 2002