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Health Policy

The division of Health Policy conducts independent and timely policy research with the aim of advancing Canada’s health care system. We focus on how health care outcomes and system performance can be improved through the commercialization of innovative products and services, through comprehensive evaluation and measurement, and through structural reorganization.

Our clients include governments, industry, academia, professional associations, and other non-governmental organizations. Our projects range from topical briefings on current events to multi-year, mixed-methods investigations and assessment of major policy initiatives and emerging trends.

We have expertise in health policy, innovation and digital technology, delivery models, primary care, value-based health care, sustainability, health and wellness, and more.

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The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care

The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) was created to respond to the reality that Canada’s current public health care system is fiscally unsustainable. With health care costs now consuming more than 40 per cent of all provincial governments expenditures—a number that will soar as the years tick by—the fact is that we will not be able to preserve, let alone improve, the quality of our health care without major reforms.

Under this program, The Conference Board of Canada researches and analyzes the full range of issues, and options for solutions, for both governments and employers. This dual focus sets this initiative apart from others, as does its scope. The research framework includes health care systemic challenges, as well as those related to institutional and professional competencies, and governance. We leverage the quantitative analysis skills of our Economic and Forecast Analysis team, together with the Organizational Performance and Public Policy expertise in other divisions at the Conference Board.

The Centre for the Future of Health

The future of health and health care in Canada will be dominated by technology, big data, new health care roles, outcome/value-based health care, participatory medicine, and scientific breakthroughs that will enable us to live longer, healthier lives. When these drivers combine with changing environmental, economic, and social patterns, we will be challenged to adapt at systemic, population, and individual levels. The Centre for the Future of Health (CFH) is a research centre and forum for leaders in the health arena to address complex issues and build capacity for strategic solutions.

As member, be a part of the research initiatives and attend the Centre for the Future of Health’s meetings and events to:

  • Stimulate your thinking in a different way and be part of a place where innovation can set the pace for the future;
  • Participate in an incubator for ideas that can be turned into actionable initiatives;
  • Build new relationships and network with peers from multiple sectors who will help you look outside yourself, your industry, and your country for ideas and solutions.

The Council for Healthy Living

Demographic changes in Canada are associated with different health needs. This reality presents new challenges and opportunities for how we define and conceptualize healthy living. Canada needs consolidated efforts, guided by evidence-based models, aimed at creating integrated approaches to promote health and prevent and manage chronic diseases.

The Council for Healthy Living (CHL) is a forum for leaders from public and private organizations, across all sectors and regions, with an interest in working together to enhance the health and quality of life of Canada’s populations.

The Council for Innovation Procurement in Health Care

The Council for Innovation Procurement in Health Care (CIP) focuses on enhancing the capacity of your organization, transferring knowledge and best practices of innovation procurement processes, and enhancing the skills of procurement staff. It aims to:

  • identify and review transformations in relevant countries;
  • assess gaps in Canada’s approach to innovation in procurement;
  • shift the focus of procurement from cost control to value creation; and
  • identify actions that will help Canadian leaders to effectively use innovative procurement tools to attain more value for money and enhance organizational performance.

Canada's first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

| Jul 05, 2018

Five Good Ideas about shifting the culture of accessibility in the non-profit sector

  • Alf Spencer
| Dec 15, 2017

Millennials with Disabilities: A Large, Invisible Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential

  • Sylvia Ann Hewlett
| Dec 08, 2017

Leveraging Community Partners to Connect Employers and Job Seekers

  • Brad Spencer
| Mar 14, 2016
I’m Brad Spencer, Executive Director with PATH Employment Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities get jobs. Chances are there is an organization like mine providing employment placement services for people with disabilities in your community.

Obstacles Become Allies: Managing With Disability Sharpens Trouble-Shooting Traits

  • Anna-Karina Tabuñar
| Feb 26, 2016
On February 2, 2016, The Conference Board of Canada was pleased to host the Toronto debut of a new documentary film, Talent Untapped, by Ottawa journalist Anna-Karina Tabunar. The film explores the journey of highly talented individuals with a range of disabilities as they navigate their own personal challenges and achievements.

The Process to Develop an Individual Accommodation Plan

  • Laura McKeen
| Jan 20, 2016
As of January 2016, businesses and private sector organizations across Ontario with more than 50 employees are required to develop a written process for developing documented individual accommodation plans (IAPs) for employees with disabilities.

Welcoming People With Disabilities Into Our Corporate Communities Is a Win-Win

  • Ruth Wright
| Dec 21, 2015
Ontario’s new standard requiring large private sector employers to make their workplaces and employment processes more accessible for people with disabilities will come into effect on January 1, 2016.

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