What is EXTRA?

First launched in 2004, CFHI’s EXTRA program is a recognized leadership development and quality improvement fellowship. The program is grounded in the reality of leading and managing change, and sustaining gains, in today’s complex healthcare and social services environments. It’s about building the capacity to shape better healthcare for everyone in Canada.

The EXTRA program is not only an investment in individuals. It builds leadership and organizational capacity for participating teams (and beyond) to achieve evidence-informed improvement that enhances care and experiences for patients, families and healthcare providers, and improves value-for-money.

CFHI Blog: EXTRA: Executive Training Program exceeding my expectations

Executive and team-based healthcare improvement training from CFHI. EXTRA by the numbers infographic.

Apply Now

CFHI is inviting teams across Canada to apply to EXTRA Cohort 16. The deadline to apply is February 11, 2020 (8:59 p.m. ET)

To learn more about EXTRA, join CFHI’s Tanya MacDonald, Director, Programs on an informational webinar. Tanya will also be joined by a fellow who will share insight from their experience in the program and speak to the impact on their leadership development and on their organization.

How to Apply

Step 1: Read the EXTRA Cohort 16: Call for Applications and watch the November 29, 2019 (French) or December 9, 2019 (English) informational webinar.

Step 2: Email EXTRA-FORCES@cfhi-fcass.ca to request an application form. Prospective teams can also request a free 30-minute coaching call with our EXTRA lead coach and CFHI staff before submitting the application. This call will provide potential fellows and/or CEOs with guidance on scoping and framing the improvement project, assembling the right team, and other key elements of the application, such as ensuring alignment with organizational strategic priorities, stakeholder engagement, and patient partners.

Step 3: Submit a completed application no later than February 11, 2020 (8:59 p.m. ET) to EXTRA-FORCES@cfhi-fcass.ca. Applications may be submitted in English or in French.

Step 4: In March 2020, an expert merit review panel will review the applications. Teams will be asked to participate in a seven-minute interview with the panel during which they will provide a two -minute pitch about their team and their improvement project. For more information about this application requirement please see the EXTRA 2020-21 application.

*All applications are initially screened by CFHI staff to ensure essential program requirements are met. Teams may be required to submit additional information.

EXTRA offers:

Participants will:

  • Improve key leadership skills required to lead change and large-scale improvement
  • Have access to a network of renowned Canadian and international experts and leaders
  • Receive integrated, hands-on coaching and guidance provided by expert CFHI Faculty and Coaches
  • Learn through a combination of self-reflection, teamwork, workshops and the improvement project
  • Have the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and networking

Organizations benefit from EXTRA by:

  • Developing leaders with the expertise to transform care
  • Developing capacity to convert evidence into actionable policies and programs
  • Seeing fellows share their learnings within their organizations and across the health system

Timeline: 2020‒2021 Cohort 16

Executive and team-based healthcare improvement training from CFHI. EXTRA Cohort 16 Timeline.


11 inter-professional teams from across Canada have been selected to participate in EXTRA’s Cohort 15.

Read more about the 2019–20 EXTRA teams and their projects. 


Last Updated: December 2019

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