The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) advises Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in their efforts to improve the quality of cancer care in the province. The CQCO also monitors and publicly reports on the performance of the cancer system, and provides international comparisons and benchmarking so Ontario can learn from other jurisdictions.
The CQCO reports to the CCO’s Board of Directors and to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is independent of CCO management. The CQCO is supported by a Secretariat housed at CCO that benefits from economies of scale of the CCO infrastructure and avoids unnecessary duplication through coordination of efforts. This “inside-outside” relationship provides the CQCO with access to CCO’s sophisticated clinical and scientific expertise and extensive data holdings while maintaining an independent oversight role.
The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario was established in 2002 by the minister of Health and Long-Term Care, based on a recommendation of the Cancer Services Implementation Committee.
As quasi-independent body, and one of Canada’s first Health Councils, the CQCO was given a mandate to monitor and report publicly on cancer system performance in Ontario, and to make recommendations for targeted quality improvement to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care via Cancer Care Ontario’s Board of Directors.
As of 2009, the CQCO expanded its mandate by bringing international comparative lens to its work. Specifically, the CQCO helps benchmark the quality of Ontario’s cancer system performance against national and international leaders by:
- Bringing in international expertise to review quality gaps and issues related to performance
- Providing policy advice based on an assessment of lessons learned in international experience
- Comparing Ontario’s performance again international metrics, as appropriate
The CQCO acknowledges the vision established in the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 for the development of a high quality health care system in Ontario and its acknowledgement of the role of all healthcare organizations and providers in ensuring the quality of the system.
To fulfill our mandate, we collaborate with many partners throughout the province and country, including these organizations: