Revised Standards for Canadian Organizations Released

A multi-level review effort was conducted to address areas where the standards required strengthening to better reflect Canadian practice.

COA's newly Revised Standards for Canadian Organizations were released today. The changes are the result of a multi-level review effort conducted to address areas where the standards required strengthening.  This process included:

  • outreach to key Canadian stakeholders to identify the areas in greatest need of revision
  • conducting a survey to solicit comments and suggestions from all COA accredited agencies in Canada
  • hosting a series of meetings with a Standards Advisory Panel comprised of Canadian representatives to review the recommended changes
  • final drafts were posted on COA’s website for a field comment period providing the opportunity for anyone interested to review the standards and provide feedback

The input received resulted in several changes to the standards to better reflect Canadian practice, such as changes to spelling, edits to language related to healthcare system differences, and revisions where Canadian law or legislation is referenced, as well as other modifications in areas of relevance for Canadian organizations.  

In addition the updated Standards for Canadian Organizations include significant revisions to the Financial Management (CA-FIN), Performance and Quality Improvement (CA-PQI), Group Living Services (CA-GLS), and Residential Treatment Services (CA-RTX) standards to align them with emerging best practices and to ensure credibility and integrity.


Private Organization Accreditation

Catholic Charities alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of 100,000 people annually, regardless of religious background. A staff of 600 provides support and services related to housing, food, mental health, children's services, addiction treatment, and domestic violence services.


Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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