For the most part, health accreditation in Canada is voluntary. The organizations that take part in our program choose to do so because they have first-hand knowledge of the contribution accreditation makes in improving quality, reducing risk, and strengthening accountability.
Many health ministries and other stakeholders also recognize these benefits. For example, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requires any organization offering a residency training program for doctors be accredited by Accreditation Canada.
Our clients devote time and resources to identify what they are doing well and what could be done better—and then take action to address issues so they can provide the best possible care and service to their patients and clients. This journey becomes a cycle of improvement that benefits everyone.
The next time you need health care, ask yourself “Is the organization or service accredited by Accreditation Canada?”
If it is, that’s a clear sign that the organization is continually working to meet our national standards of quality and to provide you with safe care.
How can you find out?
- When you’re there, ask one of the staff.
- Look for our banner. It's usually proudly displayed near the entrance.
- Search the Accreditation Canada Accredimap.