As the provincial agency that steers and coordinates cancer services and prevention efforts in Ontario, one of Cancer Care Ontario’s priorities is to improve access and wait times for cancer care.
Cancer Care Ontario monitors and manages wait time performance for radiation, systemic therapy and cancer surgery at the provincial and regional/Local Health Integration Network levels, works with cancer care providers to continually improve access, and publicly reports wait times.
Wait times for radiation and systemic treatment are published here on our website. Wait times for cancer surgery are published on the Ontario government’s Wait Times website.
Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy
The Ontario Government’s Wait Time Strategy aims to improve access to, and reduce wait times for, a broad range of healthcare services for all Ontarians.
As a partner in Ontario's Wait Time Strategy, CCO is responsible for directing and managing the investment in additional cancer surgeries. In addition, CCO was contracted by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop and operate the Wait Time Information System (WTIS) for the government’s entire Wait Time Strategy.
You can read more about Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy and CCO’s Wait Time Information System on this website and on the government’s Wait Times website.
More about Cancer Care Ontario’s Role
Cancer Care Ontario works with regional cancer care providers to develop plans to meet the needs of cancer patients. This includes determining the physical space, equipment, services and health professionals required at every phase of cancer.
We also direct government funding to hospitals for radiation treatment, systemic therapy as well as other cancer services. We work with the hospitals we fund to lower wait times by linking funding to wait time and quality improvement and reporting to the public on the performance of each regional cancer centre and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).