Ontario is charting the path to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030
The Ontario Hepatitis C Elimination Roadmap is guiding policy and practice action to end hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030. This is a collaborative, multi-sector initiative led by hepatitis C experts and with contributions from government, clinicians, community and more. Hepatitis C is among the most burdensome infectious diseases in Ontario. However, an effective cure, widespread testing and proven prevention strategies mean elimination is within reach.
The Ontario Hepatitis C Elimination Roadmap was launched in 2023. The Ontario Roadmap outlines how Ontario can take action to increase the number of people tested for and diagnosed with hepatitis C, expand treatment options for easier access, and advance prevention strategies, including among those at highest risk.
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 work is being led 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.
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:
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.
A multi-stakeholder advisory committee contributed to the development of the Ontario Hepatitis C Elimination Roadmap. They reflect a diverse set of professions, communities and voices from across the province. Represented organizations include: