Cross-border comparisons of healthcare structure and outcomes between Canada and the United States have yielded important insights into strengths and weaknesses of their respective health systems . Canada's approach to control of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was more successful than that of the United States in terms of mortality . We standardized US mortality risk to the Canadian population, in order to estimate hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths Canada averted by outperforming the United States in this regard . We estimate that Canada averted some 45,000 deaths , 185,000 hospital admissions and 38,000 intensive care admissions . Notably, the deaths averted were concentrated in adults in the 50-75 year age group.