March 28, 2017 — The Canadian Institute for Health Information’s new report, Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2017, shows that 3 out of 4 Canadians received their procedure within the medically recommended wait time. The report shows wait times for specific priority procedures over the last 5 years.

Procedure Benchmark: The amount of time that clinical evidence shows is appropriate to wait for a procedure Percentage meeting benchmark in Canada
2012 2016
Hip replacement 182 days 81 79
Knee replacement 182 days 76 73
Cataract surgery 112 days 83 73
Hip fracture repair 48 hours 81 86
Radiation therapy 28 days 97 97

For information on wait time definitions and exceptions, please visit the Wait Times tool.

Wait time information organized by province, health region and procedure is available in CIHI’s online Wait Times tool. The Wait Times tool also provides an explanation of how wait times are calculated for each priority procedure.


This report adds to the wait time discussion in Canada, showing that most patients nationally have priority area procedures within recommended time frames. However, we continue to see variability in wait times across provinces and procedures. We hope that this information will help pinpoint areas of focus for improvement.

— Kathleen Morris, Vice President, Research and Analysis, CIHI

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health systems and the health of Canadians.

We provide comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health system databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their decision-making processes. We protect the privacy of Canadians by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide.

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