Public Notice of Intent

Governance for Health Services


Designation Number: CAN/HSO 1001

Standards notification on a: New Development

Type of Standard: Organizational Competency

Title: Governance for Health Services (11.020.01)

Status: Open for comment (15 days)

Responsible Technical Committee: TC002 – Leadership and Governance

Scope: The Governance for Health Services standard aims to provide an updated approach for governing bodies of health and social services organizations to meet the demands for excellence in governance practice. This standard will address the responsibilities of the governing body to (1) function effectively, (2) develop clear direction for the organization and provide support in achieving its mandate, (3) be accountable to achieve sustainable results, and (4) be engaged in activities of the organization, particularly those related to quality, safety, and a culture of person-centred care.

Project Need: The responsibilities of the governing body to be engaged in the activities of its organization are critical for the success of health and social services organizations. The new edition of the Governance for Health Services standard responds to the need for an updated approach given system-wide changes in health and social services delivery and an increased need for accountability. HSO aims to develop standards that are relevant, and based on updated evidence and best practices to best guide organizations, leaders, and service providers in advancing the delivery of high quality care services within their unique contexts.

Proposed Timeline: May 2020

Posted on: September 17, 2018

Contact Information: HSO encourages ongoing feedback on its standards. If you are interested in providing comments on the standard at this stage, please contact Stakeholders that are interested in supporting the development of this standard, or would like to be consulted during the development process, may also contact us at

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