About the Conference
The Canadian Conference on Rural & Northern Health Care attracts top practitioners and thinkers from across Canada to share innovative strategies and valuable resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system.
Delegates will explore fresh approaches to healthcare delivery, how to leverage digital technologies more effectively, addressing indigenous health, strategies for mitigating social determinants of health, community and patient engagement, and effective collaborative partnerships to improve the health of their communities. Experience the success being driven by inspired leadership, forward-thinking governance, and resilient clinicians and staff.
Rural Hospital CEOs
Governing Board Members
Nursing and Physician Executives
Public Health and Community Leaders
Rural Health Care Associations,
Networks, and Clinics
Who Is This Conference For?
Front line and back office professionals from rural and northern hospitals, community health organizations, indigenous health care councils and organizations, home care providers, pre-hospital emergency services, public health, and any organization tasked with providing rural healthcare services in Canada.
Discussions on Current Industry Topics
- Leadership and Strategic Planning
- OHTs and Integrated Care Models
- Indigenous Healthcare Success Stories
- HHR and EDI Solutions in Remote and Rural Communities
- Culturally Appropriate Practices in Mental Health Access and Care
- Patient Transfers and Critical Care Response Programs
- Implementing Regional Digital Health Solutions
- The Directions Future of Rural and Northern Health Care in Canada
An Opportunity To Network
In person attendees can join our “Evening Cocktail and Networking Reception” along with dedicated networking activities planned throughout the day. Online participants are invited to chat and share direct messages in our virtual viewing rooms. No matter your preference for attending, there are plenty of chances to meet peers and make connections.
Featured Sessions & Speakers
The Health of a Population
with Sean Wachtel, Nunavut
Case Study: North Bay Regional Health Centre – Delivering and Growing More Effective Integrated Care Models: Challenges and Lessons Learned
with Paul Heinrich, North Bay Regional Health Centre
Access to Care in Rural Communities: Strategies for Overcoming Financial Barriers to Essential Healthcare Needs
with Maria Mathews, Canadian Health Force Network
and many more. See our full agenda for details.
Hon. Sylvia Jones
Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Government of Ontario
Chief Public Health Officer, Nunavut
President & CEO, North Bay Regional Health Centre
Regular Rates end April 28, 2023.
Discounts will be applied automatically in the cart.
Per ticket for groups of 3 or more
Per ticket for groups of 3 or more
Access to live conference sessions*
Network with delegates (online) and speakers (in person)
Breakfast, Lunch, & a Networking Cocktail Event (In person only)
Access to PDF speaker presentations after the event
All past years’ conference session recordings (where applicable)
*Online does not include Breakout “B” sessions
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What Do Our
See what past attendees have said about their experiences at this event.
Amazing work on programs and services
Conference was great! Amazing work on programs and services implemented in rural areas. Access to health care to those areas that would otherwise struggle to receive health care. This conference is an effective venue to share all the great programs and services.
Informative and timely
The conference was informative and timely. All the topics were important. The main host was very engaging. Gitchi Meegwetch!
Director of Corporate Communications and Strategic Partnerships, 2021 Attendee
Very diverse and informative conference
This was a very diverse and informative conference. The speakers were fantastic and joining in virtually was seamless. I am looking forward to participating again in the future. Shallyn Kocis – PHN, Northwestern Health Unit (Kenora, On)
PHN, Northwestern Health Unit (Kenora, ON)
I look forward to the next one!
What a superbly-facilitated, relevant, thought-provoking conference for those of us living and practicing in Rural and Northern areas. I look forward to the next one!
CEO, Red Lake Hospital (Ontario), 2021 Attendee
Very good mix of speakers
Very good mix of speakers; spoke to ‘real-life’ examples that build confidence in new models that work for rural health. Session breakout sessions were great. Spark has a great virtual conference platform.
Very relatable and I felt connected with the group
Online virtual option and the music and video at the beginning of our North. It was very relatable and I felt connected with the group. Also the various speakers that included our Indigenous perspectve on health care and the importance of a spirit centered approach to care.
A great variety in topics
Very well planned and organized. The right number and topics of sessions were chosen, a great variety in topics, well built in breaks to allow us to reflect and refresh our minds after such mind opening sessions. The hosts were also excellent and seamlessly brought in the online voice, great hybrid approach.
Helped me to understand more about challenges in health care
The conference helped me to understand more about challenges in health care for people living in rural and remote area.
Fantastic to hear about the innovative projects
Fantastic to hear about the innovative projects, Indigenous engagement and successes!!
Relevant, timely stories supported by evidence
1. Superb facilitator: her passion, enthusiasm, ability to summarize main themes, and elicit participation were amazing.
2. The speakers were all superbly well prepared, and engaged us with relevant, timely stories supported by evidence.
I loved the opportunity
I loved the opportunity to showcase some of our innovative solutions to problems in the Healthcare system province wide that work well in rural, small and northern facilities without the benefit of funding which is provided to the larger facilities. This was also true of a few other facilities here in Northern Ontario.
Really liked the focus on Indigenous communities
I thought it was a really solid conference. Really liked the focus on Indigenous communities, healthcare and inovations.
Observations that point to the success of any initiative
The main takeaway for me was that by sharing information about successes and being innovative we can chip away at obstacles to the health and well-being of our rural and northern populations. In doing this, we need to record observations that point to the success of any initiative.