Federal, provincial and territorial statement on supporting Canada's health workforce

October 12, 2023

Today, we reaffirmed our commitment to our shared priority of supporting Canada's health workforce so our health workers are able to provide high-quality, accessible, and effective health services for people living in Canada.

The health workforce in Canada has been facing significant challenges. We recognize that concerted and collaborative efforts by federal, provincial, and territorial governmentsFootnote 1 are needed to continue to address these challenges, and our strategies must address the needs facing all professions across our health workforce. In particular, focusing attention on:

Retention, reducing rates of stress and burnout and improving workplace culture, flexibility, and wellness so health workers can stay in their jobs;

Domestic education supply and demand, enhancing Canada’s capacity to produce a domestic supply of key health professionals, including more training opportunities for Indigenous Peoples that meets national demand for care and keeps pace with a growing and aging population;

Foreign credential recognition, making Canada a country of choice for health care providers by reducing the time it takes for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) to join our workforce;

Labour mobility, supporting an agile and flexible workforce to support access to care; and

Health workforce and data planning, improving the availability, sharing and standardization of health workforce data to support health workforce planning.

Over the past year, we have taken collective action to address health workforce challenges and support our health workers. This includes:

Building on this progress, we agree that there is still much work to be done and commit to continue on the path we have set out, working together to improve healthcare for Canadians. That is why today, we have committed to concrete actions:

These actions and our continued collaboration will support our health workforce and builds on our shared objective of ensuring all Canadians, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay, can access the care they need, when they need it.

+Manitoba remains in a caretaker period and is not a party to this Health Workforce Statement.

Footnote 1

Although Quebec shares many of the principles set out in this document, it does not subscribe to pan-Canadian approaches regarding health workforce, as it intends to retain its full autonomy in its exclusive jurisdiction over the planning, organization and management of its health system.

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