Many Canadians have good access to health care services and experience manageable wait times. But some face challenges when it comes to

  • Emergency room wait times
  • Wait times for priority procedures
  • Location of services
  • Finding appropriate health service providers

Access to health care services is a factor that contributes to differences in health. Improving access to care and reducing wait times are prominent health policy issues in Canada and many other countries.

CIHI has worked with governments to improve information about access to care and wait times. We are committed to addressing information gaps in this area. As well as looking at health services, CIHI examines access to care from a population health perspective.

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Wait times for Priority Procedure in Canada

wait timesProgress on reducing waits can be tracked using CIHI’s interactive graphics, which display numerous years of provincial data.


Key reports and analyses

Wait times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2016 is CIHI's eleventh annual report in this series and is accompanied by a new graphic display of wait time data across Canada.


Infographic: About 4 out of 5 Canadians have their procedure done within medically acceptable wait times

Exploring Occupancy Through Administrative Data: A Test Case Using Operating Rooms (PPTX)

Helping Heal Hips Faster (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (video)

Wait Time Information in Priority Areas: Definitions (PPTX)


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