Ontario Enhancing Death Investigation Capabilities in Northern Ontario


Ontario is making key expertise available in Northern Ontario to enhance the region’s justice and public death investigation systems by providing annual funding for the creation of a local Forensic Pathology Unit lab at the Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“The creation of the Forensic Pathology Unit here in Sault Ste. Marie is a huge boost to our local medical community given that there are only seven in Ontario,” said Orazietti.  “Our government’s commitment of $100,000 annually in funding will help to establish our community as a centre of excellence while providing the opportunity to train future forensic pathologists and ensure Northern Ontario has access to high-quality services.”

The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service provides world-class medico-legal forensic pathology services across the province and this new unit will be the seventh of its kind in Ontario. It will provide medico-legal autopsy services for the Algoma District and work closely with the regional coroner and police services.

Ensuring that these high quality forensic pathology services are available across the province is just one of the ways that we are working to build stronger and safer communities in Ontario.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Sault Area Hospital to provide local forensic pathology services to the people in the region,” said Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario.  “The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service is committed to expanding service and expertise for the benefit of all Ontarians and this is another great step forward to achieving that goal.”

“Sault Area Hospital is privileged to be chosen as the site of the seventh Forensic Pathology Unit in Ontario and to be a partner in the forensic pathology team serving Ontarians,” said Dr. Michael D’Agostino, Medical Director, Sault Ste. Marie Forensic Pathology Unit, Sault Area Hospital.  “On behalf of our hospital and community I’d like to thank the Ministry, Dr. Pollanen, and our local partners for helping make this happen. We look forward to ensuring high-quality service in our region and together, making a difference.”


§  There are currently seven forensic pathology units located in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton, London, Sudbury and now Sault Ste. Marie

§  The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services will provide $100,000 annually to the Sault Area Hospital to help fund the new unit.

§  This new unit will be overseen by Dr. Michael D’Agostino, a graduate of the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit – University of Toronto residency training program.  The goal of this program is to train new forensic pathologists to work in Ontario, nationally and internationally.



  1. Some people are fuming about this. They think that the money is better spent on trying to keep the living alive and not laying off nurses.

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