Priority Health Innovation Challenge

Are you ready to improve access to mental health and addictions services, or home and community care?

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge is focused on identifying and growing promising innovations in two shared health priorities – improving access to mental health and addictions services, and home and community care. Join teams that share this passion and work together to reach more people.

Up to $400,000 in awards will recognize measurable impact and reward success in moving the dial on one or more of 12 common indicators and increasing the number of patients reached.

Let’s make change happen!


How to Register

Registration for this new innovation challenge is straightforward. First, log into the Challenge Portal here and create an account. Once that’s done you can start completing the application, also found on the Portal, to determine if your team and your innovation plan will qualify. You’ll find important information here too about what will be expected in terms of team composition, the provision of baseline data and regular reporting.

Make sure you read the Official Terms and Conditions, which are also available on the Portal. You can complete your registration over a number of days, as you may need extra time to locate certain background information and endorsements. You don’t need to submit your application until you are completely finished and satisfied with the contents.

Remember, your team can include innovation sites across Canada. And every team must include a patient and/or family representative.

Challenge Portal


What’s in it for Your Team?

Here are the top six benefits to signing up a team today:

  1. Support to reach more patients and move the bar on indicators of healthcare access
  2. Monetary and/or non-monetary awards shared among those who improve care most, reach more people and achieve other goals
  3. Tools to support improvement, as well as webinars and other ways to connect and learn across teams
  4. Flexible participation: You can choose the extent to which you take part in learning and exchange opportunities
  5. Connection with a community of innovators
  6. Gain profile for your team via exciting communications opportunities

Key Dates

CFHI's Priority Health Key Dates


Access Indicators

Federal, provincial and territorial governments1 have made 12 common indicators their shared priorities with a view to measuring access to mental health and addiction services, and home and community care. Teams track progress on one or more of these indicators as well as how many people they reach:

Mental Health and Addiction Services

  • Wait Times for Community Mental Health Services, Referral/Self-Referral to Services (services provided outside of emergency departments, hospital inpatient programs and psychiatric hospitals)
  • Early Identification for Early Intervention in Youth Age 10 to 25 (to be defined)
  • Awareness and/or Successful Navigation of Mental Health and Addictions Services (self-reported, to be defined)
  • Rates of Repeat Emergency Department and/or Urgent Care Centre Visits for a Mental Health or Addiction Issue
  • Hospitalization Rates for Problematic Substance Use
  • Rates of Self-Injury, Including Suicide

Home and Community Care

  • Wait Times for Home Care Services, Referral to Services
  • Alternate Level of Care Length of Stay for Inpatients Requiring Home Care Services
  • Home Care Services Helped the Recipient Stay at Home (self-reported)
  • Caregiver Distress
  • (In)appropriate Move to Long-Term Care
  • Death at Home/Not in Hospital (to be defined)

Supporting Organizations

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge is supported by a coalition of leading Canadian healthcare organizations.

Supporting Organizations

Last Updated: July 2019