Home and community care and mental health and addictions services in Canada

August 6, 2020 — Canadians now have more information about access to home and community care and to mental health and addictions services in their province or territory. Results are now available for the following 3 new indicators:

  • Self-Harm, Including Suicide
  • Caregiver Distress
  • New Long-Term Care Residents Who Potentially Could Have Been Cared for at Home

These are part of a set of 12 pan-Canadian Shared Health Priorities indicators chosen by the federal, provincialReferencei and territorial (FPT) health ministries, in consultation with Canadians, to measure access to home and community care and to mental health and addictions services.

Initial results provide a baseline against which to track improvements. Over time, these indicators will tell a clearer story about access to care across the country, identify where there are gaps in services, and help to make meaningful changes to improve the experiences of Canadian patients and their families.

Note: The following information is based on 2018–2019 data, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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Shared Health Priorities indicator results

Explore the latest provincial and territorial indicator results.

Download chartbook (PPTX)

Companion report

Get contextual information to help understand how to interpret the results, clarify data limitations and identify factors that might influence the results.

View companion report (PDF)

Methodology notes

Learn about the definitions and methodologies for the indicators.

View methodology notes (PDF)

Additional resources

Find out more about hospital stays for and deaths from intentional self-harm.

Learn about self-harm, including suicide

Explore the topic of distress among unpaid caregivers across Canada.

Learn about caregiver distress

Take a closer look at the proportion of new long-term care residents who potentially could have been cared for at home.

Learn about these new long-term care residents

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