Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada

Government of Canada

OverviewAPHI Report 2015

Canadians benefit from a healthcare system that provides access to high quality care, supports good health outcomes, and contributes to a healthy and productive workforce.

Innovation is critical if the healthcare system is to continue delivering the high quality care Canadians expect at a cost that is affordable to society. This means breaking down barriers, tapping into creative minds, and working collaboratively to make better use of existing resources to improve services and outcomes for patients.

The Minister of Health has struck a time-limited Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The Panel will:

  • Identify the five most promising areas of innovation in Canada and internationally that have the potential to sustainably reduce growth in health spending while leading to improvements in the quality and accessibility of care.
  • Recommend the five ways the federal government could support innovation in the areas identified above.

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CIHI Report: Regulated Nurses, 2014

CIHI LogoCIHI RNs 2014


Supply of nurses in Canada declines for the first time in 2 decades. For the first time in 2 decades, more regulated nurses left their profession than entered it, according to a recent report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. While growth in the regulated nursing workforce (those working in the profession) has remained stable over the last 10 years, the supply of regulated nurses (the broader group of nurses who are eligible to work) dropped 0.3% in 2014 from the previous year. Specifically, the supply of RNs declined 1.0%, mitigating reduced growth among LPNs and RPNs.

Regulated Nurses, 2014 examines supply, demographic and workforce trends for the country's largest group of health care professionals at a national level. The total supply of nurses in Canada was 406,817 in 2014. This consisted of 293, 205 RNs (including 3,966 nurse practitioners), 107, 923 LPNs and 5,689 RPNs.
This series Regulated Nurses, 2014 includes:

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Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians

Toward a Healthcare Strategy for CanadiansMcGill-Queens University Press

McGill-Queen's University Press has released a new publication "Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians" which is part of the Queen's Policy Studies Series published by the School of Policy Studies, a premier publisher of policy related material in canada. Its publication program includes the research work of the School, the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations and the following sub-series: Canada: The State of the Federation, Library of Political Leadership, Migration and Diversity: Comparative Issues and International Comparisons. The School has its own high quality publishing system. Publications are distributed by McGill-Queen's University Press.
While Canadians are proud of their healthcare system, the reality is that it is fragmented and disorganized. Instead of a pan-Canadian system, it is a "system of systems" - thirteen provincial and territorial systems and a federal system. As a result, Canadian healthcare has not only become one of the costliest in the world, but is falling well behind many developed countries in terms of quality. 
Canadians increasingly realize that their healthcare system is no longer fiscally sustainable, yet change remains elusive. The standard claim is that Canada's multijurisdictional approach makes system-wide reform nearly impossible. Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians disputes this reasoning, making the case for a comprehensive, system-wide, made-in-Canada healthcare strategy. It looks at the mechanics of change and suggests ways in which the various participants in the system - governments, healthcare professionals, the private sector, and patients - can work collaboratively to transform a second-rate system. 
Addressing critical issues of health human resources, electronic health records, integrated care, and pharmacare, Toward a Healthcare Strategy for Canadians shows how a system-wide strategic approach to this crucial policy area can make a difference in Canada’s healthcare system in the future.

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NHSRU Integrating ESL Nurses: What's Been Happening at Hamilton Health Sciences


NHSRU has released a new publication, Series Report #42 Hamilton Health Sciences, Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Nurse Integration Project 2012-2015.

The project’s goal was to ensure that registered nurses (RNs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) educated abroad or in Canada were fully integrated into the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) workforce. 

The project’s main objectives were to:

  •  Support the integration of 120 IEN/ESL nurses into HHS and other Ontario healthcare facilities 
  • Develop a suite of tools for IEN/ESL nurses 
  • Build the mentorship of up to 60 frontline RNs/RPNs, clinical educators and clinical managers (CMs) 
  • Provide employment opportunities for 120 IEN/ESL nurses 
  • Measure participant and employer satisfaction 

 The role of the NHSRU was to:

  • Integrate and discuss the implications of all evaluative data collected by the project partners and research team
  • Collect and analyze additional data to assess the partners' satisfaction with the project


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National Palliative Medicine Survey Data Report

CMA Report 2015On May 28th the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians along with project partners including the Canadian Medical Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network released the results of their National Palliative Medicine Survey conducted in November 2014. Two reports resulting from this research can be found on the PDC website.

For more information contact: 

Tara Chauhan,

Senior Advisor, Canadian Medical Association

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Health Canadacihr logo1This initiative has been generously funded by grants from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.