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Wait Times

All Canadians have access to emergency care when they need it, but some people do face longer than desirable waits for non-urgent services in Canada. Governments have collectively recognized the problem and in recent years have made significant progress in shortening wait times in priority areas (including non-emergency hip and knee, cataract surgery, cardiac surgeries, diagnostic imaging and cancer care).

Federal Wait Times Initiatives and Resources

Patient Wait Time Guarantees

10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care: Reducing Wait Times (2004)

Final Report of Federal Advisor on Wait Times

National Wait Times Initiative

Key Resources on Wait Times and Reporting

Provincial/Territorial wait times initiatives and reporting

Canadian Institute of Health Information ľ Wait Times Reporting

Additional Wait Times Resources