Wait time benchmarks are evidence-based goals that each province or territory strives to meet while balancing other priorities aimed at providing quality care to Canadians. Wait time benchmarks express the amount of time that clinical evidence shows is appropriate to wait for a particular procedure. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) considers a 5 percentage point change in meeting the benchmark to be a meaningful change.

Hip replacement: Wait time benchmark of 6 months

 

2018

2016

British Columbia

67%

61%

Alberta

70%

82%

Saskatchewan

66%

80%

Manitoba

49%

66%

Ontario

84%

85%

Quebec

80%

85%

New Brunswick

55%

55%

Nova Scotia

49%

56%

Prince Edward Island

49%

67%

Newfoundland and Labrador

88%

77%

 

Knee replacement: Wait time benchmark of 6 months

 

2018

2016

British Columbia

59%

47%

Alberta

66%

77%

Saskatchewan

56%

73%

Manitoba

37%

58%

Ontario

79%

81%

Quebec

77%

80%

New Brunswick

43%

50%

Nova Scotia

47%

38%

Prince Edward Island

26%

67%

Newfoundland and Labrador

75%

70%

 

Cataract surgery: Wait time benchmark of 16 weeks

 

2018

2016

British Columbia

64%

66%

Alberta

49%

58%

Saskatchewan

62%

79%

Manitoba

29%

34%

Ontario

70%

70%

Quebec

83%

86%

New Brunswick

67%

68%

Nova Scotia

68%

65%

Prince Edward Island

40%

87%

Newfoundland and Labrador

77%

90%

 

Hip fracture repair: Wait time benchmark of 48 hours

 

2018

2016

British Columbia

85%

86%

Alberta

94%

91%

Saskatchewan

79%

79%

Manitoba

92%

91%

Ontario

87%

85%

Quebec

n/a

n/a

New Brunswick

90%

89%

Nova Scotia

91%

85%

Prince Edward Island

84%

76%

Newfoundland and Labrador

90%

90%

Note
n/a: Hip fracture repair data for Quebec is collected through a different database that does not provide details on procedure times.

Radiation therapy: Wait time benchmark of 28 days

 

2018

2016

British Columbia

93%

91%

Alberta

100%

99%

Saskatchewan

97%

97%

Manitoba

100%

100%

Ontario

98%

99%

Quebec

97%

98%

New Brunswick

95%

98%

Nova Scotia

96%

94%

Prince Edward Island

100%

95%

Newfoundland and Labrador

100%

100%

About CIHI

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.