Better Home Care in Canada: A National Action Plan

Canadian Home Care Association LogoCNA logo bilingual MEDIUM RCPSCBetter Home Care Report 2016

Home care is a priority for all Canadians-for patients and their carers, for health care providers, and for governments. In recognition of this, the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada worked together to develop Better Home Care : A National Action Plan. The Action Plan aims to advance this priority  by setting out recommended actions, measurable indicators, and specific considerations for the federal govenment in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments.

Download Here  


Eliminating Code Gridlock in Canada's Health Care System: 2015 Wait Time Alliance Report Card

WTA logoWTA 2015

For the past decade, the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) has been reporting on Canada’s progress to reduce health care wait times. There have been reductions for the initial five areas identified in the 2004 Health Accord even as health care systems have faced increased demand for care. But despite these encouraging signs, there are more areas in need of attention, such as primary care, mental health services, home care, long-term care and palliative care, if wait times across the system are to be reduced on a sustained basis.

Code gridlock is a term used by hospitals for a system-wide situation where patients can’t move. Without access to more appropriate community-based resources, patients who no longer require acute care continue to occupy in-patient hospital beds. This causes a cascading effect on wait times: these beds are no longer free for patients in the emergency room or recovering from surgery; ambulances are unable to offload and elective surgeries are cancelled. Code gridlock is an issue that involves many parts of the health care system and requires a system-wide solution.

The 2015 WTA report card highlights timely access on two broader system-related issues: seniors care and care provided to populations falling under federal jurisdiction (i.e., First Nations, refugees, veterans, Canadian Forces and inmates in federal prisons).

Changes to WTA grading

While previous report cards have graded provinces against both government and WTA wait-time benchmarks, the WTA believes that its own benchmarks are the most appropriate assessment of performance. As such, this year’s report grades wait times using only the WTA benchmarks.

Key changes:

  • The WTA benchmark for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is six weeks for patients awaiting elective surgery whereas the government pan-Canadian benchmark is 26 weeks.
  • The WTA benchmark to access radiation therapy is 10 days whereas the government pan-Canadian benchmark is four weeks.
  • Through the efforts of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the WTA has set a national benchmark of eight weeks (60 days) to access a MRI or CT scan.


Download Report


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

Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.



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


Download Report

logo-healthcanadainstitus de recherche en santé du canada Cette initiative a été généreusement financée par une subvention de santé canada et instituts de recherche en Santé Canada. Les points de vue exprimés [ici] ne reflètent pas nécessairement celles des fondateurs.