Our History

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 evolved from 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 2015, CFHI received renewed federal funding of $14 million over two years. Additional federal funding of $39 million over three years was announced in March 2016 with further federal funding of $51 million over three years starting in 2019–20 – with $17 million per year ongoing – announced in Budget 2017. This funding renewal enhances CFHI’s ability to plan for the long term and achieve even greater impact with our partners.

With this stable and ongoing funding, CFHI can continue to develop and spread innovative solutions to pressing healthcare challenges – including best practices in palliative care – and improve the delivery of healthcare services for all Canadians.