Who We Are

For Canadian leaders in children’s healthcare, we are the only national association that enables local improvements and contributes to system-wide change by building communities across the full continuum of care. Our members deliver health services to children and youth, and include regional health authorities, children’s tertiary/quaternary and rehabilitation hospitals, community hospitals, children’s treatment centres and home/respite care providers.

Each year, millions of children and youth rely on the essential services delivered by Children’s Healthcare Canada member organizations. As a national association, Children’s Healthcare Canada:

  • Takes a systemic approach to children’s health: We work with stakeholders across the continuum of care to build integrated and innovative child health systems.

  • Assembles diverse perspectives and expertise: We bring together stakeholders to share knowledge and insights that propel conversations forward and inform action.

  • Has a strong and stable foundation: Over our 50 year history, we have built a strong and loyal membership base – having proven our value over time. The relationships and trust we have built provides a springboard for success.

Our Vision

Healthy, vibrant children and youth.

Our Mission

Through purposeful partnerships, we accelerate excellence and
innovation in health systems caring for children and youth.

Our Values

Collaboration: We work best when we partner with others.

Courage: We demonstrate leadership to make brave decisions.

Fresh Thinking: We seek out novel opportunities to deliver value to members.

Inclusiveness: We embrace the unique and diverse populations our members serve.

Focus: We direct our resources to what matters most to our members. 

Key Elements of Our Strategy

Children’s Healthcare Canada will:

  • Inform the development of innovative and integrated health systems;

  • Share evidence and accelerate implementation of high quality child, youth and family centred healthcare wherever it is delivered;

  • Unite strategic partners to foster excellence in children’s health;

  • Advocate to improve children’s health and health systems.

Click here to download the full strategic plan.

Examples of Leadership

  • Children’s Healthcare Canada convenes leaders (front line, administrative/executive, families) in the child health community to identify, articulate and influence health care and health system improvements across the continuum of care.

  • Children’s Healthcare Canada partners with Health Standards Organization (Accreditation Canada) to develop paediatric specific, SCC-approved national standards and guidelines.

  • Children’s Healthcare Canada disseminates leading practices and innovation through webinars, blogs, social media and conferences to enable the best health care for Canada’s children and youth.

  • Children’s Healthcare Canada is developing partnerships to support implementation of leading practices and innovations in member organizations.

  • Children’s Healthcare Canada works directly with Parliamentarians and other decision makers, supporting requests for pan-Canadian data and evidence and facilitating round tables to inform policy development.