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About CQCO

The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) advises Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) and the Ministry of Health on improving the quality of cancer care in the province.

We track and publicly report on cancer system performance. We also provide international comparisons and benchmarking so Ontario can learn from other jurisdictions.

Reporting to Ontario Health's Board of Directors and the Ministry of Health, we have an independent oversight role. Though our management is independent, a secretariat housed at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) provides our support. This relationship gives us access to their scientific expertise, and data holdings. We use their infrastructure to keep costs down, and coordinate with them to avoid duplicating work.

Our Mandate

Established in 2002 as a quasi-independent body and one of Canada’s first health councils, our mandate was to:

  • monitor and report publicly on cancer system performance in Ontario
  • recommend targeted quality improvement to the Minister of Health through Ontario Health’s Board of Directors

Our mandate expanded in 2009 to include international comparisons. We help 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 lessons learned from international and national experience
  • comparing Ontario’s performance against international metrics, as appropriate

We support the visions in the Patients First Act and the Excellent Care for All Act. We also acknowledge the role of all healthcare organizations and providers in improving the quality of the healthcare system in Ontario.