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About the Commission

The independent Commission to Investigate the Introduction and Spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was established by the Government of Ontario as an investigation under section 78 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Mr. Justice Archie Campbell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was appointed Commissioner.

The Commission investigated how the SARS virus came to the province, how the virus spread and how it was dealt with. Its final report was completed in December 2006 and made public on January 9, 2007. It was transmitted to the Minister of Health and long-Term Care on January 4, 2007.

It is available on this web page. Hard copies and DVDs of the report may be purchased from Publications Ontario.

The Commissioner published two interim reports, in April 2004 and April 2005, respectively.

Mr. Justice Campbell conducted his investigation independently of the government. All ministries, boards, agencies and commissions were directed by the government to respect his independence and to assist the investigation to the fullest extent.

Most of the investigation was carried out through personal interviews and meetings and by examination of documents and consultations with experts. Personal interviews are conducted on a confidential basis. More than 600 people were interviewed.

In addition, the Commission held six days of public hearings in the fall of 2003 to give members of the public and all interested organizations an opportunity to address the Commissioner.

The list of presenters, presentations and transcripts from the public hearings are available on this web page.

Order-in-Council  (8Kb / 1 page)
Letter Appointing Commissioner  (9Kb / 1 page)
Terms of Reference  (9Kb / 2 pages)

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