Health Care Policy Contribution Program

The Health Care Policy Contribution Program (HCPCP) is a national program designed to promote policy research and analysis, evidence-based pilot projects and evaluations on current and emerging health care system priorities.

While the provincial and territorial governments have jurisdiction over most aspects of health care delivery in Canada, the federal government has sought to fulfill important policy commitments related to health care system renewal and to demonstrate leadership in areas where there is a key federal role in health.

The HCPCP uses contributions to fund non-profit, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, educational institutions, and provincial, territorial and local governments, in order to develop, implement and disseminate knowledge, best practices and strategies for innovative health care delivery..

The program addresses on-going and emerging priorities in the health care system by funding projects that support key areas such as: health human resources, the integration of internationally educated health professionals, access to health care and reduction in wait times, primary health care and chronic disease management, home and community care, quality care and patient safety, and palliative and end-of-life care..

Contribution programs are a key policy lever for the federal government to support health care innovations that benefit all Canadians.

Call for Proposals: No calls open at this time. Check component links for details when Call for Proposals are active.

Guide for Applicants

Funding components of the program

The current components of the program are:

Health care system innovation

The Health Care System Innovation (HCSI) component is designed to stimulate health care policy analysis and development, advance strategic thinking and policy options, and facilitate joint federal/provincial/territorial initiatives for the benefit of the publicly-funded health care system.

In the past, Health Canada has supported projects that address emerging and ongoing priority health and policy issues, including primary health care, home and continuing care, palliative and end-of-life care, chronic disease management and patient safety. These initiatives are meant to foster strategic, evidence-based decision-making and innovative approaches through the implementation of pilot projects, the identification and sharing of best practices, the development of research and information, and the active dissemination and transfer of knowledge.

There are three major themes within the HCSI component:

  • Health Care Policy Conferences and Events identified through a call for proposals, a series of conferences and events in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 that seek to foster the dissemination, translation and uptake of knowledge and policy-relevant dialogue amongst a broad audience.
  • The Health Care System Responsiveness to Population Aging thematic stream examines issues and implications that arise in the health care system in the context of population aging and encourages solutions that will contribute to sustained system-level change at a pan-Canadian level.
  • The Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System supports data collection and analysis and reporting related to medication incidents, facilitates the development and dissemination of information to reduce the risk of medication incidents, and promotes best practices in safe medication use systems.

Former components of the program included:

Patient Wait Times Guarantee (PWTG) Pilot Project Fund

No further funding is available.

In March 2007, all provinces and territories agreed to establish a Patient Wait Times Guarantee in one clinical area by March 2010. To support this work, the Government of Canada announced up to $30 million over three years (2007-08 to 2009-10) for the Patient Wait Times Guarantee (PWTG) Pilot Project Fund, a component of the Health Care Policy Contribution Program. The purpose of the Pilot Project Fund was to inform the development of guarantees across the country through projects which developed, implemented and tested innovative approaches.

The PWTG Pilot Project Fund supported provincial and territorial governments in:

  • developing and assessing tools to establish and meet guarantees (including the provision of recourse for patients when guaranteed timeframes for treatment are exceeded),
  • identifying and addressing policy and operational issues associated with establishing PWTGs, and
  • encouraging collaboration and the exchange of best practices.

Eleven projects covering a broad range of clinical areas and innovative approaches received funding under this initiative.

For a copy of Health Canada's Patient Wait Times Guarantee Pilot Project Fund – Summative Evaluation (March 14, 2011), please contact the Departmental Performance Measurement and Evaluation Directorate.

Program evaluation

The Departmental Performance Measurement and Evaluation Directorate produced a summative evaluation of the program for 2002-2007. For a copy of the evaluation contact the Departmental Performance Measurement and Evaluation Directorate.

Contact us

For more information, contact the Health Care Policy Contribution Program.

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