Community of Practice

There is an urgent need for platforms to enable knowledge sharing, collaboration, and coordination among supply chain teams and stakeholders across Canada to support healthcare delivery. The overarching goals of the Community of Practice partnership strategy include:

  1. Advance supply chain resilience across Canadian health and community systems to strengthen post-pandemic recovery in Canada and globally
  2. Strengthen workforce sustainability in health and social systems to support a robust and sustainable health workforce, to advance economic recovery
  3. Design, implement and scale supply chain strategies that leverage expertise and knowledge across jurisdictions, and support domestic supplier networks across Canada to strengthen self-reliance and economic recovery

Citizen Forum

Three expected outcomes of the Community of Practice are:





Design collaborative models of sourcing and procurement across jurisdictions and organizations to enable equitable access to supplies during critical shortages, and leverage economies of scale.

Design collaborative frameworks to manage the many provincial and federal stockpiles to reduce waste, rotate supply, create equitable access to critical supplies.

Identify workforce sustainability strategies including clinician engagement in supply chain teams and leadership decision making tables during emergencies. Create measurement tools and frameworks to inform workforce sustainability initiatives.

Identify priorities and strategy to strengthen data standards and interoperable supply chain digital infrastructure that is accessible and connects across jurisdictions.

Examine leadership and policy frameworks to advance and support supply chain resilience, cooperation and transparency across jurisdictional borders, teams, and agencies.

Co-design multi-jurisdiction models that support domestic supplier networks to advance economic recovery, build transparency of health system demands and needs, and create manufacturing capacity to meet needs and offer surge in capacity when required.

Examine innovative approaches to mitigate and/or reduce the environmental impact of medical supplies (e.g. masks, gloves) on landfills. Design strategies to strengthen supply chain security for Canadian healthcare, social systems and essential workplaces.

Citizen volunteers will be assigned to each workgroup, representing diverse citizen perspectives and populations, to the work of the community of practice. Citizens will also convene as a workgroup to share learnings, experiences, and align on strategies to ensure the citizen perspective meaningfully contributes as a partner in advancing supply chain resilience for the benefit of all Canadians.