External Review of Pan-Canadian Health Organizations:
Guidelines and Questions for Stakeholders
Current status: The public consultation is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
On October 3, 2017, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health announced an external review of the eight federally funded pan-Canadian health organizations (PCHOs). This review will be undertaken by two recognized health policy experts, Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Dr. Danielle Martin, who have been asked to explore the future role of these organizations in light of a number of critical challenges and priorities facing the health system.
As part of this work, the advisors want to hear from stakeholders on their views on specific issues relevant to the review. Organizations and individuals are welcome to respond to one or all of the focused questions set out below and to provide your say on this initiative.
What are Pan-Canadian Health Organizations?
The federal government currently funds eight PCHOs, each with a mandate to address a specific aspect of the Canadian health care system. These organizations work closely with the federal, provincial and territorial governments, decision-makers, health care providers, researchers, patients and the public to advance their mandates:
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) – Educates and creates partnerships about substance abuse
- Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) – Advises on the clinical-value and cost-effective adoption of drugs and other technologies
- Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) – Collects/analyses/reports health data
- Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) – Accelerates health care innovation through partnerships
- Canada Health Infoway – Invests in e-health infrastructure
- Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) – Builds a culture of patient safety
- Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) – Accelerates action on cancer control by working with PT cancer agencies and other stakeholders
- Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) – Develops national strategy for mental health, reduces stigma
Why do we want to hear from you?
The advisors would like to hear from individuals and stakeholders on their experiences and interactions with the PCHOs and whether and how these organizations can advance federal and pan-Canadian health care goals in the future.
A series of questions are set out below. Feel free to answer some or all of them, but please note that your submission must be no longer than five (5) pages (maximum 2000 words) (not including appendices), 12 point font (arial). Once completed please send your submission to the Health Canada Secretariat supporting this external review.
Deadline for submission
If you wish to participate, please note that your submission must be received by the Secretariat no later than 11:59 pm EST, November 24, 2017.
The information being collected is to gather views and perspectives on whether and how the federally funded pan-Canadian health organizations can advance federal and pan-Canadian health care goals in the future. This collection will only collect the information needed to inform the review and prepare a summary report. Please note that your submission may be published in part or in whole after the conclusion of this review. This may include the release of your name and/or name of your organization. This personal information collection is described in Info Source, at infosource.gc.ca in the Outreach Activities Standard TBS personal information bank number PSU 938.
The Privacy Act gives you the right to request access to and correction of the personal information you provide. For more information about these rights, or about our privacy practices, please contact Health Canada’s Privacy Coordinator at 613-948-1219 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the right to complain to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if you think your personal information has been handled improperly.
You are invited to answer one or more of the following questions with respect to the external review of the eight pan-Canadian health organizations (PCHOs).
The advisors are interested in learning more about the extent to which individual PCHOs and/or the suite of PCHOs as currently structured meet the future needs of the health system.
The advisors recognize that the PCHOs have a proven track record of working across jurisdictions and with key actors. They also appreciate the importance of the priority areas in which the PCHOs operate. It is therefore not necessary to address these issues in your responses to the below questions.
Please note that your submission should be no more than five (5) pages in length (maximum 2000 words) (not including appendices), 12 point font (arial). If you wish to provide a submission, it must be received by the Health Canada Secretariat supporting this work by 11:59 pm, November 24, 2017.
Questions for submission
- Based on your experience and interactions with one or more of the PCHOs, what are the major strengths and successes of the organization(s) in advancing federal and pan-Canadian health system priorities?
- Based on your experience and interactions with one or more of these organizations, what are the major weaknesses and gaps of the organization(s) in advancing federal and pan-Canadian health system priorities?
- How can the suite of PCHOs work better together with partners such as governments, researchers, patients and the private sector to improve their effectiveness and impact in the Canadian health care system?
- How well, in your view, do the PCHOs function as a group? Where are the synergies and the gaps? How well do they, as a group, advance key priorities for the health system?
- Do you have other viewpoints on the role and the impact of the PCHOs in supporting Canadian health priorities that you’d like share?
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