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About Dynacare

Dynacare is one of Canada's largest and most respected providers of laboratory services and solutions, with more than 50 years of experience serving Canadians.  We operate an integrated, state-of-the-art laboratory system that collects, transports and tests tens of thousands of specimens each day.

Our Operations

Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Dynacare operates five laboratories in Ontario (Brampton, Bowmanville, London, Ottawa and Thunder Bay), two in Quebec (Saint-Laurent and Laval), Manitoba (Winnipeg) and Alberta (Edmonton).  In addition, Dynacare operates more than 200 Laboratory and Health Services Centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Our Laboratory and Health Services Centres provide many services, including blood collection, urinalysis, ECG, Department of Transportation and allergy testing. Through a nation-wide mobile collection and transportation network, Dynacare offers coast-to-coast services to clients and the healthcare industry.
Dynacare's 2,400 employees perform more than 50 million tests each year, supporting patients, healthcare professionals and public and private sector clients with the laboratory services and critical information necessary for good health care and health-related decisions.

Our Clients and Services

Our clients include 10 million patients, more than 15,000 healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives and dentists), governments, regional health authorities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinical trial sponsors, employers and insurers.

Our community laboratory services support physicians and other healthcare professionals with specimen collection, transportation, testing and results reporting. In addition to physicians, our community laboratory services extend to community care access centres, community health centres and long-term care facilities.

Our clients also include more than 90 hospitals in eight provinces, as well as regional health authorities from British Columbia to Newfoundland.

As one of Canada’s leading providers of hospital reference testing, we offer our clients an expanded testing menu of thousands of individual assays.  The range of services that Dynacare provides to hospitals also includes cytology, histology and parasitology support, as well as specialized testing in a number of areas, including allergy, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease and oncology.
Our employee health services include health and wellness screening programs, and employment-related drug testing for both regulated (US Department of Transportation – DOT) and non-regulated industries.

We work with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and contract research organizations to manage the laboratory components of drug and diagnostic clinical studies. Services range from creating the laboratory protocol and procedures manuals to designing the collection kits to final results data transfer.

Dynacare is the only Canadian-based company that provides full-service insurance screening, with an extensive menu of tests customized to meet the specific needs and reference ranges set by each of our life and health insurance company clients.  MedAxio™ Insurance Medical Services, a division of Dynacare, is a leader in medical information collection services to the Canadian life insurance industry.  MedAxio™ has more than 100 employees, utilizes over 1,000 mobile health care professionals across the country and performs approximately 250,000 examinations each year on behalf of a large number of life insurance companies

In 2011, Dynacare acquired Laval-based Warnex Medical Laboratories, a division of Warnex Inc., and renamed this division GD Specialized Diagnostics. GD Specialized Diagnostics provides specialized laboratory testing services to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.  Its 7,500-square-foot laboratory in Laval services clients across Canada and provides specialized testing including: DNA-oriented tests for predisposition to cancer and other diseases, prenatal tests for Down syndrome, and the PCA3 test for prostate cancer – PCA3 is a non-invasive urine test that is more precise than other available screening tests for this disease.  
  
Dynacare also acquired Warnex’s PRO-DNA Services division, now named Orchid PRO-DNA. Operating out of the same facility, Orchid PRO-DNA provides forensic DNA testing and DNA identification tests to determine paternity, maternity and other family relationships that can be used for legal or immigration purposes.

As one of the largest providers of laboratory testing services in Canada, Dynacare is at the forefront of researching, developing and validating innovative new screening and diagnostic tests for introduction into the Canadian marketplace. Our team of scientists has been instrumental in the early delivery of new tests in the areas of allergy, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, paternity, ulcers and other problems of the stomach and intestines, and more.
 

News Releases

  • Diabetes wellness initiative in Manitoba
  • 5 great charities, 1 amazing feeling – Dynacare’s spring 2018 Community Outreach Program recipients
  • Canadian-developed genetic test sheds light on epilepsy
  • Dynacare partners with Breakfast Club of Canada to help children reach their full potential
  • Dynacare Acquires Hooper-Holmes Canada Ltd.
  • New genomics project aims to prevent adverse drug reactions in children
  • Harmony Prenatal Test (NIPT), the proven option for safe, early, accurate prenatal testing
  • Dynacare cares for community with Community Outreach Program - 2016 in Review
  • Dynacare names Canadian Mental Health Association as 2016-2017 Lead Charity
  • Dynacare offers the PD-L1 Companion Diagnostic for Keytruda®, for the treatment of lung cancer
  • Dynacare Acquires Quality Underwriting Services Ltd.
  • Dynacare Selected by BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program as Exclusive Provider for Funded NIPT.
  • Dynacare named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for eighth consecutive year
  • Dynacare to provide collection services in Embrun and Russell
  • Dynacare Selected to Perform Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Ontario
  • Dynacare Selects Lymphoma Canada as 2015 Lead Charity
  • The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
  • Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories Announces Rebranding to Dynacare
  • Gamma-Dynacare named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for seventh consecutive year
  • Gamma-Dynacare Acquires Quebec-based Lab Bio-Medic
  • Gamma-Dynacare named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2014
  • Gamma-Dynacare Announces Acquisition of Controlling Interest in Impact Genetics

Partner Updates - Services

  • Potential Mail Strike
  • For testing performed in Ontario only
  • Tests developed by Dynacare
  • Biotin Supplementation May Interfere with Laboratory Tests
  • Harmony Collection in Saskatchewan
  • Dynacare – Net Check In Coming to Manitoba
  • Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) from ThinPrep® Pap Specimens
  • Manitoba: Change in Methodology for Measurement of HbA1c
  • Product Change-Stool Culture Collection (Quebec Only)
  • Interpretation of Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Results in Pregnancy
  • Expansion of the Trace Element Testing Portfolio
  • "Dynacare –Net Check In" Coming to Quebec
  • Changes to CBC Reference Ranges
  • Product Change-Stool Culture Collection (Ontario Only)
  • Restrictions to Ohip Coverage of AST and Folate
  • Change in Methodology: Renin Activity to Direct Renin Concentration
  • Dynacare is now able to test for HPV & Pap from one single Hologic® ThinPrep® sample.
  • “Dynacare – Net Check In” Coming to Regina
  • New! See Dynacare lab test results faster!
  • Change for Serum Folate Testing
  • Change for Serum Progesterone Testing
  • Trichomonas, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing results available within 24 hours
  • Delayed testing – Feather Mix (Y123) Allergy Screen
  • Hepatitis A IgG – Test reformulation
  • Dynacare Launches Urine Fentanyl Testing
  • Dynacare QC reports are now easier to read
  • Discontinuation of testing serum xylose and urine hydroxyproline
  • Dynacare Plus launches in Ontario
  • Ontario Urinalysis Testing and Reporting changes
  • “Dynacare – Net Check In” Coming to London
  • Changes to Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Estradiol Testing Changes
  • Hematology and Coagulation Reference Interval Changes
  • Changes to Hemoglobin A1c Reporting
  • Changes to eGFR and Albuminuria Reporting
  • Change in Methodology for Measurement of Free Testosterone Levels
  • How to order the new CT/GC/TV NAAT Test
  • Urine Toxicology Testing Options

Partner Updates - Locations

  • NEW location opening in Markham
  • Dynacare closing Laboratory and Health Services Centre at 304-240 Wharncliffe Rd. N, London, ON
  • NEW Location opening in Milton
  • 204-60 James St. location moving to 8 Albert St. - Parry Sound
  • Dynacare LHSCs in Saskatchewan will close
  • Newly renovated and expanded location opening in Arnprior
  • NEW Location opening in Laval
  • NEW Location opened in London
  • NEW Location opened in Oakville
  • NEW Location opened in Montreal
  • NEW Location opening in Gatineau
  • Boyd 212-388 Portage Ave., Winnipeg location permanently closing
  • NEW phone and fax numbers at Stoney Creek, ON
  • NEW Location at 106-444 Douro St., Stratford, ON
  • NEW Location at 1B-600 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON
  • NEW Location at 1553 Dundas St., London, ON
  • NEW Saturday Hours for select Dynacare locations
  • Barry's Bay, ON- New hours effective May 30, 2016
  • NEW Location at 104-352 ch. Aylmer, Gatineau
  • NEW Location at Stittsville Main St., Ottawa, ON
  • Our location at 200 Gréber Blvd. is moving to 195 Gréber Blvd., Gatineau.
  • Ottawa location closing
  • Orillia location closing
  • London location opening
  • Kingston location closing
  • Goreway location closing
  • The 8-700 Tecumseh Rd. E, Windsor location moves to 22-3176 Dougall Ave., Windsor
  • New hours starting Monday, January 4th, 2016 at our Barry’s Bay Laboratory and Health Services Centre
  • New suite opening Monday, January 18th, 2016 in state-of-the-art facility in Pickering
  • New location opening Monday, February 1st, 2016 in state-of-the-art facility in Brampton
  • Our Laboratory and Health Services Centre at 3030 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto has reopened after temporary closure.
  • Dynacare closing Laboratory and Health Services Centre at 235 Danforth Ave., Toronto
  • Changes to Urgent Testing at 4040 Finch Ave. E, Toronto
  • Changes to Urgent Testing at 26 Hospital Drive, Peterborough
  • Newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility in Stoney Creek.
  • Laboratory and health services to Midland, Penetanguishene and surrounding communities.
  • The 112-21 Queensway Ave. W location moves across the street to 19-2325 Hurontario St., Mississauga.
  • Gamma-Dynacare to Open New Patient Services Centre in Seaforth, Ontario
  • Gamma-Dynacare Acquires Quebec-based CuraLab
  • NEW Riverside South location in Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Gamma-Dynacare To Open New Patient Services Centre in Oakville, Ontario