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.


The call for applications is now closed. CFHI will communicate directly with all applicants. A merit review will take place and teams will be announced in the coming months.


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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