Health system performance measurement

Our work at CIHI helps stakeholders assess the performance of health systems by

  • Providing structured and coordinated pan-Canadian reports on performance
  • Producing indicators, tools and products that support jurisdictional priorities related to performance improvement
  • Supporting the understanding of performance measurement tools to build health system capacity
  • Helping reduce indicator chaos

The foundation for CIHI’s enhanced program of work on measurement and reporting is our Health System Performance Measurement Framework. Building on 20 years of work on indicator development and public reporting, we work with stakeholders to create reports and tools that are tailored to their needs.

Click the links below to learn more about our work on health system performance.

Key areas

Shared Health Priorities

The federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health are committed to working collectively and with CIHI to develop a focused set of common indicators to measure pan-Canadian progress toward improving access to mental health and substance use services, and to home and community care.

Explore Shared Health Priorities

Patient experience

Understanding a patient’s experience when they received health care is integral to improving patient-centred care. Learn about CIHI’s work in patient experience and the Canadian Patient Experiences Survey — Inpatient Care (CPES-IC).

Explore patient experience

Patient safety

Most Canadians who access health services receive safe care. However, sometimes there are adverse effects to receiving care — unintended harm. CIHI is working to help understand the issues related to patient safety and the provision of safe care.

Explore patient safety

Explore Hospital Harm project


Your Health System

An interactive web tool providing key health system performance indicators for acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities and health regions. There are 3 ways to explore:

Selected indicators representing 5 themes that Canadians told us were important.
Explore In Brief

A suite of more than 40 indicators for hospitals, long-term care facilities, regions, provinces and territories.
Explore In Depth

An analytical tool for registered users to dig deeper into indicator results.
Explore Insight?

A list of the indicators and contextual measures that have been refreshed in the latest release.
Get indicator update list

Health Indicators e-Publication

A large inventory of health indicators for regions and provinces/territories, measuring the health of Canadians and health systems’ performance. Jointly produced by Statistics Canada and CIHI.

Explore Health Indicators e-Publication

Indicator Library

The Indicator Library contains metadata, including definitions and methodologies, for over 100 CIHI indicators.

Explore Indicator Library

OECD Interactive Tool: International Comparisons

Compare the provinces and Canada with Canada’s peer countries on a number of measures, including demographics, health expenditure, health care activities and non-medical determinants of health.

Explore OECD Interactive Tool: International Comparisons

Explore OECD Interactive Tool: International Comparisons — Peer countries, Canada

Access and wait times

Our Wait Times tool provides a timely snapshot of how long patients wait for hip or knee replacement surgery, hip fracture repair, cataract surgery, diagnostic imaging and more.

Explore Wait Times tool

Featured material

Common Challenges, Shared Priorities: Measuring Access to Home and Community Care and to Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Canada — Volume 4, December 2022 (PDF)

Explore this companion report that tracks the progress on the overall indicator development plan for the Shared Health Priorities work. It also provides additional context for interpreting the indicators that measure access to home and community care, and to mental health and substance use services in Canada.

Patient Experience in Canadian Hospitals

Understanding a patient’s experience when they received health care is integral to improving patient-centred care. Learn about what patients experienced during their hospital stay.

Cardiac Care

The Cardiac Care Quality Indicators project provides pan-Canadian comparable information on outcomes related to selected cardiac interventions. Cardiac care centres can use this information to support monitoring and quality improvement efforts.

Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio

The hospital standardized mortality ratio (HSMR) is an important measure to improve patient safety and quality of care in Canadian hospitals.

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