More Effective Planning and Forecasting

Planning for HHR for Canada's health care workforce has traditionally been conducted by each jurisdiction without addressing supply and demand issues on a pan-Canadian basis.  In 2003, the First Ministers requested that collaborative strategies be undertaken to strengthen the evidence base for pan-Canadian HHR planning. Since then, work has been undertaken on developing a framework for Collaborative pan-Canadian HHR Planning, improving HHR data and modeling, and adding to the research on HHR needs at the pan-Canadian level.

Strategic directions

More effective health human resources planning and forecasting supports an affordable, sustainable health care system by:

  • enhancing pan-Canadian forecasting by developing, assessing and updating models and tools for HHR planning;
  • increasing and enabling sustainable pan-Canadian planning capacity, which respects jurisdictional and population needs and is responsive to emerging demands on health system; and
  • monitoring international HHR activities to ensure Canada understands emerging issues and their potential impact on our health workforce.

Accomplishments within the First Five Years of the Strategy

Achievements from the first five years of the Strategy (2003-2008), related to planning and forecasting HHR, include:

  • improved national HHR data and database development, including the first national, supply-based database and reporting systems for five health professions: pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, medical laboratory technologists, and medical radiation technologists;
  • developed A Framework for Collaborative Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Planning that sets out the principles for collaboration and identifies key actions jurisdictions can take together to: overcome barriers to implementing system-design, population needs-based planning; avoid the risks and duplication associated with the jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction planning approach; and increase the HHR planning capacity-while respecting jurisdictional authority and regional planning initiatives; and
  • improved collaborative HHR modelling activities and networks to better forecast HHR needs.

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