Since our creation in 1997, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has evolved from a health services research funding organization, to an organization that works directly with healthcare delivery organizations to implement innovative healthcare practices.

In 1996, the federal government announced funding to create the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) to support evidence-informed decision-making in the organization, management and delivery of health services through funding research, building capacity and transferring knowledge. Programs such as Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) were developed and, over time, the Foundation began to evolve from an emphasis on building applied health services research to supporting the adoption of innovative practices across Canadian healthcare systems.

New Priorities

New strategic priorities were established in 2009, a new vision and mission took effect in 2011, and new goals were set in 2012. The organization changed its name to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) in 2012 to reflect our evolution into an organization that works shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners to deliver better patient care more efficiently. Today CFHI is focused on the spread of innovative practices; many of our collaboratives span jurisdictions – regions, provinces and territories, and support healthcare professionals to design, adapt and implement leading practices.

In April 2015, CFHI welcomed renewed federal funding of $14 million over two years, announced in Budget 2015. This funding renewal ensures that CFHI can continue to develop and spread innovative solutions to pressing healthcare challenges and improve the delivery of health services for all Canadians. With this funding in place, a new organizational strategy for January 2016 to June 2017 was approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in June 2015.


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