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Alberta Health and Wellness

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Website: www.health.alberta.ca
Tel.: 780-427-1432
E-mail: health.ahcipmail@gov.ab.ca
Organization Leadership: Fred Horne, Minister

Mandate

The Alberta government sets strategic direction for the health system through: policy, legislation, and standards; allocating resources; helping develop and support the health system; and administering provincial programs, such as the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and communicable disease control expertise.”

Activities

“Alberta’s health services are delivered by Alberta Health Services through health professionals in fee-for-service practice and others who provide equipment, supplies, and services. Some public health services may also be provided by private health care clinics.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta is an independent organization engaged in gathering knowledge and translating it into practical actions that can improve the quality, safety, and performance of Alberta’s health system.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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British Columbia Ministry of Health Services

Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/health/index.html
Tel.: 1-800-465-4911
Organization Leadership: Michael de Jong, Minister

Mandate

The Ministry of Health Services “has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost-effective, and timely health services are available to all British Columbians.”

Activities

The Ministry delivers a full continuum of health services for the province.

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec

Location: Québec, Québec
Website: www.csbe.gouv.qc.ca/index.php?id=60
Tel.: 418-643-3040
Organization Leadership: Robert Salois, Commissionaire

Mandate

The Health and Welfare Commissioner aims to inform public debate and government decision making. The Commissioner performs the following functions:

  • appraises the results achieved by the health and social services system
  • consults with citizens, including experts and actors in the health and social services system.
  • informs the Minister of Health and Social Services, the National Assembly and the public to promote clear
  • recommends improvements understanding of the major issues affecting health and welfare

Activities

Conducts a yearly analysis of the health and welfare systems performance. it collaborates with the commonwealth fund in its yearly comparison of health systems.

Primary Focus

Operations Management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Health Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
Tel.: 613-957-2991
Organization Leadership: Leona Aglukkaq, Minister

Mandate

“Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada’s people and to making this country’s population among the healthiest in the world, as measured by longevity, lifestyle, and effective use of the public health care system… Canada’s publicly funded health care system is best described as an interlocking set of 10 provincial and 3 territorial health insurance plans. Known to Canadians as ‘medicare,’ the system provides access to universal, comprehensive coverage for medically necessary hospital and physician services.”

Activities

The Department’s multi-faceted activities include working to “ensure high-quality health services that are efficient and accessible; integrate renewal of the health care system with longer term plans in the areas of prevention, health promotion, and protection; and reduce health inequalities in Canadian society.”

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Branch

First Nations, Inuit and Aboriginal Health Branch
Website: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/index-eng

Mandate
Health Canada is working with First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal people to improve their health. Together with First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal organizations and communities, the Branch carries out many activities designed to help people stay healthy, and prevent chronic and contagious diseases.

Relevant Research

Relevant Branch

Strategic Policy Branch
Website: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/branch-dirgen/spb-dgps/index-eng

Mandate
“The Strategic Policy Branch plays a lead role in health policy, communications, and consultations… The Health Care Policy Directorate plays a leadership role in health care for the purpose of improving access [to], quality [of], and integration of health services to better meet the health needs of Canadians, wherever they live or whatever their financial circumstances.”

Primary Focus
Comprehensive

Research Capacity
In-house

Relevant Research

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Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux du Québec

Location: Québec City, Quebec, and Montréal, Quebec
Website: www.inesss.qc.ca
Tel.: 418-643-1339 or 514-873-2563
E-mail: inesss@inesss.qc.ca  
Organization Leadership: Juan Roberto Iglesias, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) was created on January 19, 2011. It succeeded the Conseil du médicament and the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé (AETMIS). INESSS’s mission is to promote clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources in the health and social services sector. At the heart of the mission, INESSS assesses, in particular, the clinical advantages and the costs of the technologies, medications, and interventions used in health care and personal social services.” 

Activities

“In implementing its mission, INESSS blends the perspectives of network professionals and managers and those of patients and beneficiaries. It brings together knowledge and know-how from myriad sources in order to shape them in a way that is useful to achieving the objectives of the pursuit of clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources. Lastly, it helps to rally the parties involved with a view to improving the care and services provided to the public. It acts with a constant concern for equity and ethical conduct.”

Primary Focus

Health technology assessment, clinical research

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Institut de la statistique du Québec

Location: Québec City, Quebec
Website: www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/default_an.htm
Tel.: 418-691-2401 or 1-800-463-4090
Organization Leadership: Stéphane Mercier (418-691-2407), Director General

Mandate

“The Institut de la statistique du Québec is the government body in charge of producing, analyzing, and disseminating objective and high-quality official statistical information for Quebec. This information enhances knowledge, enlightens debate, and supports decision-making by the various players in Quebec society.”

Activities

The web portal offersa set of services to “facilitate access to statistical data and consulting services for scientific research purposes. This single-window service provides a gateway to the Institut’s survey data, the registry of demographic events, and data resulting from the linking of Quebec government department or agency administrative files with Institut files.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes No No

Relevant Research

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Manitoba Health

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website: www.gov.mb.ca/health/index.html 
Tel.: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862
Organization Leadership: Milton Sussman (204-945-3771), Deputy Minister

Mandate

Manitoba Health, a provincial government department, oversees health care services available to Manitobans. It is the mission of Manitoba Health “to meet the health needs of individuals, families, and their communities by leading a sustainable, publicly administered health system that promotes well-being and provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

Activities

The Department administers all activities to provide health services in the province. These include “defining provincial goals, setting priorities, establishing standards and policies based on evidence and best practice, promoting quality and safety, encouraging innovation, allocating resources within the framework of provincial legislation, and assuring accountability while balancing health service needs with fiscal responsibility. Manitoba Health also manages the insured benefits claims payments for residents of Manitoba related to the cost of medical, hospital, personal care, Pharmacare, and other health services. Most direct services are delivered through regional health authorities and other health care organizations; however, the department manages the direct operations of Selkirk Mental Health Centre, Cadham Provincial Laboratory and provincial nursing stations.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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New Brunswick Health

Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Website: www.gnb.ca/0051/index-e.asp
Tel.: 506-457-4800
Organization Leadership: Don Ferguson, Deputy Minister

Mandate

“The department is working towards five key goals/directions: increase the number of years individual residents of New Brunswick live free of major illness, disability and handicap; increase emphasis on promotion of well-being and prevention of social dysfunctioning; assist individuals and families to achieve and maintain well-being; promote the achievement and maintenance of a healthy physical and social environment; and provide equitable, affordable and appropriate health and wellness for the citizens of New Brunswick.”

Activities

The Department delivers these services: addiction and mental health services; primary health care; health emergency management services; hospital services; organ and tissue donation services; rehabilitation services; medicare and prescription drug services; the New Brunswick Cancer Network; and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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New Brunswick Health Council

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick
Website: http://www.nbhc.ca/index.cfm
Tel.: 1.877.225.2521
Organization Leadership: Stéphane Robichaud, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

The Government of New Brunswick established the New Brunswick Health Council to promote and improve health system performance through a dual mandate. The first part is to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue to bring the citizen/patient experience back to health service providers and policy makers in an effective, timely and objective manner. The second is to measure, monitor and report on health system performance to both the public and the health system partners.

Activities

The Council is responsible for public reporting to New Brunswickers concerning the accountability, quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the health system. It gives them a real voice in health care issues and allows them to be engaged in the recommendation process. Monitoring of the health care system’s performance, population health and public satisfaction is part of the Health Council’s reports.

The Council reports to the Minister of Health on how well the Department of Health and the Regional Health Authorities achieve specific goals as well as the overall quality, safety and effectiveness of the health care system.

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Health and Community Services

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Website: www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/               
Tel.: 709-729-4984
Organization Leadership: Susan Sullivan (709-729-3124), Minister

Mandate

“The Department provides a lead role in policy, planning, program development, and support to the four regional health authorities and other mandated health and community service agencies. The Department also monitors and provides feedback as appropriate to the authorities and agencies with respect to program implementation, accountability issues and health and community outcomes.”

Activities

The Department is responsible for “policy, planning, program development and support; monitoring and reporting; and provincial public programs and services administration.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Northwest Territories, Department of Health and Social Services

Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Website: www.hlthss.gov.nt.ca
Organization Leadership: Debbie DeLancey (867-920-6173), Deputy Minister

Mandate

“Eight health and social services authorities plan, manage, and deliver a full spectrum of community- and facility-based services for health care and social services.”

Activities

Services include the administration of community health centres, environmental health, home care and health promotion, immunization, and professional licensing.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Nova Scotia, Department of Health and Wellness

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Website: www.gov.ns.ca/health/
Tel.: 902-424-5818
Organization Leadership: Kevin McNamara (902-424-7570), Deputy Minister

Mandate

The Department works “to empower individuals, families, partners, and communities to promote, improve, and maintain the health of Nova Scotians through a proactive and sustainable health care system.”

Activities

The Department “is committed to ongoing improvement of Nova Scotia's health care system through system planning, legislation, resources allocation, policy and standards development, monitoring and evaluation, and information management.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Nunavut, Department of Health and Social Services

Location: Iqaluit, Northwest Territories
Website: www.hss.gov.nu.ca
Tel.: 1-877-212-6438
Organization Leadership: Tagak Curley (867-975-5005), Minister

Mandate

The Department’s mandate is “to promote, protect, and enhance the health and well-being of all Nunavummiut, incorporating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit at all levels of service delivery and design.”

Activities

“The Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services provides a broad range of programs and services in the following areas: primary and acute health, both inpatient and ambulatory; child protection; family services; mental health; health promotion and protection; and injury prevention.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

n/a

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Ontario, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.health.gov.on.ca/en/
Organization Leadership: Saäd Rafi (416-327-4496), Deputy Minister

Mandate

“The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated, and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations.”

Activities

The Ministry provides “overall direction and leadership for the system, focusing on planning and on guiding resources to bring value to the health system. It [is] less involved in the actual delivery of health care and more involved in [the following activities]: establishing the overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health system; developing legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and directives to support those strategic directions; monitoring and reporting on the performance of the health system and the health of Ontarians; planning for and establishing funding models and levels of funding for the health care system; and ensuring that ministry and system strategic directions and expectations are met.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

Relevant Division

Health System Strategy Division

Type: Government
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/ministry/about_mohltc/hssd.html
Tel.: 416-327-8295
Leadership: Vasanthi Srinivasan (416-327-7261), Assistant Deputy Minister

Mandate: “The Health System Strategy Division sets strategy and plans to implement the health system vision. The Division sets strategic directions for Ontario’s health system and supports them with legislation and policy; monitors alignment with strategic directions; selects and manages portfolios of initiatives within the Ministry to further health system goals; and provides health research investments oversight.”

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Prince Edward Island, Department of Health and Wellness

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Website: www.gov.pe.ca/health/index.php3?lang=E 
Tel.: 902-368-6414
Organization Leadership: Doug Currie (902-368-5250), Minister

Mandate

The Department has the following roles:

  • “provide leadership in maintaining and improving the health and well-being of citizens;
  • provide leadership in innovation and continuous improvement and to provide specific high quality administration and regulatory services to the health system and Islanders;
  • “provide policy, program and operational leadership respecting the Island health care system;
  • “provide horizontal leadership and coordination in the implementation of Government’s Healthy Living Strategy; and
  • “provide a central point of contact for Aboriginal organizations, providing a means by which to promote inter-ministerial communication and cooperation on governmental matters related to Aboriginal affairs.”

Activities

The Prince Edward Island Department of Health is responsible for the delivery and administration of publicly funded health services in the province, including public health, primary care, acute care, community hospitals, and continuing care services. These services are delivered through a number of facilities and programs across the province.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Public Health Agency of Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario (with regional provincial offices)
Website: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
Organization Leadership: David Butler-Jones (613-954-8524), Chief Public Health Officer

Mandate

The role of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is “to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation, and action in public health.”

Activities

“The role of the Public Health Agency of Canada is to promote health; prevent and control chronic diseases and injuries; prevent and control infectious diseases; prepare for and respond to public health emergencies; serve as a central point for sharing Canada’s expertise with the rest of the world; apply international research and development to Canada’s public health programs; and strengthen public health capacity in a manner consistent with a shared understanding of the determinants of health and of the common factors that maintain health or lead to disease and injury.”

Primary Focus

Health prevention and promotion

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

Research on the frequency of various types of diseases in Canada, such as the following.

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Quebec, Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux

Location: Québec City, Quebec
Website: www.msss.gouv.qc.ca
Organization Leadership: Jacques Cotton (418-266-8989), Deputy Minister

Mandate

“The Ministère’s mission is to maintain, improve, and restore the health and well-being of Quebecers by providing access to a set of integrated and high-quality health services and social services, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of Quebec.”

Activities

“The Ministère’s chief role is to ensure the smooth operation of the Quebec health and social services system. It sets and applies the priorities, objectives, and policy directions in the health and social services field, with a view to improving the health and well-being of the populace. It establishes health and social services policies and sees to their implementation and observance by health and social services agencies. It also evaluates results according to the goals it sets.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Saskatchewan Health

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Website: www.health.gov.sk.ca
Tel.: 306-787-0146
Organization Leadership: Dan Florizone (306-787-3041), Deputy Minister

Mandate

“The Ministry of Health has a mandate to support Saskatchewan residents in achieving their best possible health and well-being. With direction from the Minister of Health, Saskatchewan Health establishes policy direction, sets and monitors standards, provides funding, supports regional health authorities and other organizations, and ensures the provision of essential and appropriate services.”

Activities

Services include continuing care, disease diagnosis and treatment, disease prevention, e-health services, emergency services, health benefits, health regions, health workforce and professions, mental health and addictions, patient concerns, personal health services, prescription drugs, primary health services, public health services for people with disabilities, surgery and diagnostics, and vital statistics.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Statistics Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html
Tel.: 613-951-8116 or 1-800-263-1136
Organization Leadership: Wayne Smith (613-951-9757), Chief Statistician of Canada

Mandate

Statistics Canada produces “statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—the land, the people, the economy, and the society.” Statistics Canada is required to “collect, compile, analyze, abstract, and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic, and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.”

Activities

All facets of Canadian society, including health care. It provides statistical information and analysis about Canada’s economic and social structure to develop and evaluate public policies and programs and to improve public and private decision-making for the benefit of all Canadians.

Primary Focus

Gathering of statistical information

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes No No

Relevant Research

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The Institute National de Santé Publique du Québec

Location: Québec, Québec
Website: www.inspq.qc.ca
Tel.: 418-650-5115, ext. 5336
Organization Leadership: Luc Boileau, Direction générale

Mandate

The mission is to support the ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, regional public health authorities and health and social services institutions in carrying out their public health responsibilities, by offering our expertise and specialized laboratory and screening services.

Activities

The Direction d’Analyse et d’Evaluation des Systèmes de Soins et Service conducts evaluative studies and analyses about the health service system and is interested in better understanding the coverage of the population’s needs and impact of the health care systems.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

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Yukon Territory, Department of Health and Social Services

Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Website: www.hss.gov.yk.ca
Tel.: 1-800-661-0408
E-mail: hss@gov.yk.ca
Organization Leadership: Stuart J. Whitley (867- 667-5770), Deputy Minister

Mandate

The Yukon Department of Health and Social Services is committed to quality health and social services for Yukoners.”

Activities

“This is achieved by helping individuals acquire the skills to live responsible, healthy, and independent lives; and providing a range of accessible, affordable services that assist individuals, families, and communities to reach their full potential.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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