The Screening and Early Detection Portfolio at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer works with partners across the country to increase the number of individuals getting screened appropriately and ensure cancer screening services are of high quality.

The Partnership convenes the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Network which has been in place since 2007. The Network brings together key stakeholders from across the country to promote active engagement and serves as a national platform for knowledge exchange. This helps engage the colorectal cancer screening community, improve the patient experience across the cancer journey, leverage expertise, and make evidence-based recommendations to the cancer control system. The Network’s primary aim is to improve participation and enhance quality in colorectal cancer screening in Canada.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, a subset of the Network, enables regular reporting and analysis of quality indicators. This group leads the development of biennial results reports for measuring quality indicators for colorectal cancer screening programs across Canada.

Lastly, the Screening and Early Detection Portfolio embarks on quality improvement opportunities which often take the form of expert workshops or special reports.

See below for a variety of resources related to colorectal cancer screening.

Report Colorectal cancer screening guidelines – environmental scan
See the key components for colorectal cancer screening programs/strategies across Canada. Released: January 2015


Report Cancer Screening in Canada: An overview of screening participation for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
This is a pan-Canadian report that compares programmatic participation and self-reported utilization (both programmatic and non-programmatic screening) for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for within and outside of current national screening guidelines. This approach supports the Partnership’s goal of increasing screening within guidelines while decreasing screening outside of guidelines. Released: January 2015


Report Colorectal Cancer Screening in Canada: Monitoring & Evaluation of Quality Indicators – Results Report, January 2011 – December 2012
This report presents colorectal cancer screening program quality indicators in Canada for the calendar years 2011 and 2012. It builds on the 2009–2010 report, which described the first round of screening. The evaluation framework includes 12 quality indicators that were measured in the previous report, as well as three additional indicators (retention rate, 14 day unplanned hospitalization after follow-up colonoscopy, and interval colorectal cancer rate). Released: December 2014


Report Colorectal Cancer Screening in Canada: Program Performance Results Report, January 2009 – December 2011
This report presents early results for key indicators and targets for the provinces that were able to provide first-round data from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011. Released: December 2013


Report Quality Determinants and Indicators for Measuring Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Performance in Canada – May 2013
This document supports the implementation of population-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in Canada. There are many potential quality determinants and respective indicators, reflecting specific parts of the screening pathway. This document outlines specific quality determinants and indicators for CRC screening programs in Canada. Quality determinants are concepts, processes and activities that contribute to the quality of the program. Released: May 2013



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Anticipatory Science

The Partnership responds to emerging evidence from screening trials through the Anticipatory Science Initiative. When an impending publication is expected, a pan-Canadian approach is taken to develop a stream-lined, timely synopsis and distribute key information on specific screening tests.


Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), established by the Public Health Agency of Canada, publishes national clinical practice guideline recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.

Last updated: February 23, 2017