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National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) Overview

Exterior view of the National Microbiology Laboratory.

National Microbiology Laboratory

Equipped with laboratories ranging from biosafety containment level 2 to level 4 designed to accommodate the most basic to the most deadly infectious organisms.

Aerial Photograph of the National Microbiology Laboratory.

NML Aerial Photograph

Equipped with laboratories ranging from biosafety containment level 2 to level 4 designed to accommodate the most basic to the most deadly infectious organisms.

A lab technician uses equipment for rapid diagnostic testing.

Automation

High throughput automation allows for rapid diagnostic testing, a key role as one of Canada’s main national public health laboratories.

Dr. Robin Lindsay working in a lab.

Laboratory-based Investigation

Dr. Robbin Lindsay undertaking a laboratory-based investigation to identify the factors the determine the prevelance of West Nile virus within Canada.

Three young scientists work in a lab.

Scientific Expertise

Building a generation of scientific expertise is central to the future prevention and control of existing and emerging infectious diseases.

A scientist uses a microscope in a level 4 containment laboratory.

Level 4 Laboratory

The biosafety containment level 4 laboratory allows for investigation into various infectious diseases known as special pathogens which include Lassa fever virus, Ebola virus and Marburg virus.

For Our Health - as Canada’s leading public health infectious disease laboratory, the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) is responsible for the identification, control and prevention of infectious diseases.

The NML is located at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg, the first facility in the world to have high containment laboratories for human and animal health in one building. It is recognized as a leader in an elite group of centres around the world, equipped with laboratories ranging from biosafety level 2 to level 4 designed to accommodate the most basic to the most deadly infectious organisms.

The NML is Canada's main infectious disease public health laboratory with responsibility for reference microbiology and quality assurance, laboratory surveillance for infectious diseases, emergency outbreak preparedness and response, training, and research and development.

The information contained in this website is intended to provide reference information for public health professionals and the general public on the various programs and activities undertaken by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory.