What’s Happening?

Health Canada has asked the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) to lead an assessment on the State of Health Human Resources (HHR). This assessment will provide policy makers with possible pathways to address needs and gaps as they consider the development of collaborative and comprehensive strategies to deal with HHR at all levels of government.

We are pleased to announce that Harrison Applin, PhD, RN, FCAN, Ivy Bourgeault, PhD, FCAHS, Luigi Lepanto, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), and Chris Simpson, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FHRS, FCCS, FCAHS, have accepted their request to lead the assessment as co-chairs of the Assessment Panel. They will collaborate with the Academy in the selection of the other Assessment Panel members.

Should you wish to provide names of experts that may be considered for the panel, working groups or to participate in our consultations, please do so at your earliest possibility.

To receive continued updates as the assessment unfolds, please email us at HHR-RHS@cahs-acss.ca and you will be added to our mailing list. 

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About the Assessment

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed strengths in our healthcare system. It also highlighted some weaknesses. A major weakness is our capacity to staff our healthcare system and deliver on the health care needs of Canadians.  

This assessment will take stock of where we are at now and look at trends, challenges, and opportunities for the next two to five years. It will also look at systemic challenges – labour shortages and mobility, and data gaps in health human resources (HHR) professions. By analyzing scientific evidence and by being informed by key stakeholders, CAHS will provide an assessment that will identify key findings as well as pathways to address some of the key challenges facing HHR.

Steps in this project include:

  • Selecting the Chair and members of the assessment panel,
  • Identification and review of literature on the issue,
  • Engagement of stakeholders to inform the process,
  • Developing key findings,
  • Building consensus around the key findings,
  • Report development.

The report will inform policy and decision makers throughout the country as they consider their options on how to deal with the issue of HHR.  

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ assessments are formal reports prepared under the direction of an independent panel, whose members are specifically chosen for their expertise, freedom from real and perceived conflicts of interest, and contributions to a balance of views.  The panel reviews the findings from the assessment and prepares a report that is reviewed independently by external experts, prior to being submitted to Health Canada.


About CAHS

Over 850 CAHS Fellows are drawn from all disciplines from Canada’s academia, health care and research institutes.

An assessment on autism has been underway since October 2020 and will soon be released.  In the past, CAHS has completed assessments on key issues such as:

  • Improving the quality of life and care of persons living with dementia and their caregivers
  • Academic recognition of team sciences: how to optimize the Canadian academic system 
  • Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada
  • Transforming care for Canadians with chronic health conditions

For a full list of our previously completed assessments, please click here.