Accreditation Canada is a nonprofit organization that accredits more than 1,200 health care organizations in Canada, advises Accreditation Canada. Their accreditation programs strive to improve the quality and safety of health care for Canadians. The organization has been operating since 1958.
Organizations that are eligible for accreditation include walk-in clinics, labs, hospitals, community health programs, home health care services and mental health services, advises Accreditation Canada. Each program and facility's standards of care are evaluated every four years by peer reviewers. They then create action plans to improve areas of weakness and maintain areas of strength. Each program must maintain the standards set by Accreditation Canada to maintain its accreditation status.