Health Care Innovation Working Group

The Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG) is currently led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, and composed of provincial and territorial Ministers of Health. The HCIWG focuses on innovation to enhance provincial and territorial capacity in order to better meet existing and emerging challenges in our health care systems.

First established in 2012, the mandate of the working group was extended for a further three years in July 2013.

The work of the HCIWG is focused on three priority areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals – The working group has achieved a number of successes, including lowering the cost of pharmaceutical drugs and combined annual savings of over $490 million.
    Brand Name Drug Products – The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) conducts joint provincial/territorial negotiations for brand name drugs in Canada to achieve greater value for publicly funded drug programs and patients. As of June 30, 2015, 74 joint negotiations have been completed through this process.
    Generic Drug Products – As of April 2015, 14 commonly-used generic drugs have been reduced in price.
  • Appropriateness of Care, including Team-based Health Care Delivery Models – There is mounting evidence that some patients receive treatments that may not be best suited for their actual needs. The working group will look at appropriateness of care in several areas and will examine opportunities within the team-based model framework to increase the important role paramedics and pharmacists play in the provision of front line services.
  • Seniors Care – The working group will look at successful efforts to prioritize homecare over long-term care institutionalization and identify two to three innovative models for provinces and territories to consider adapting. In addition, the HCIWG will examine aging in place and issues related to dementia, including identifying best practices for early diagnosis.


Health Care remains a top priority
July 17, 2015

Providing services for an aging population
July 16, 2015

Collaboration on health care achieves results for Canadians
August 28, 2014

Fact Sheet on Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Initiatives
April 3, 2014

Canada’s Provinces and Territories Realize Real Savings in Healthcare through Collaboration
July 26, 2013

Provinces and Territories Seek Significant Cost Savings for Canadians on Generic Drugs
January 18, 2013


Leadership in Health Care: Report to Canada’s Premiers on the Achievements of the Health Care Innovation Working Group, 2013-2016
July 22, 2016

From Innovation to Action: The First Report of the Health Care Innovation Working Group
July 26, 2012