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 to ensure cancer screening services are of high quality.

Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network

The Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network, hosted by the Partnership since 2009, brings together key stakeholders from across the country to support and improve cervical cancer screening quality in Canada. This national network serves as a platform for knowledge exchange to engage the cervical cancer screening community, improve the patient experience, leverage expertise, and make evidence-based recommendations to the cancer control system.

Quality initiatives

The Partnership facilitates regular monitoring and evaluation of cancer screening programs to support quality improvement in cancer screening services across Canada. Other initiatives, such as environmental scans, expert workshops, and special reports are designed to leverage and share best practices among stakeholders.

Reports and resources

NEW Cervical cancer screening in Canada – environmental scan
Updated: April 2017
This annual environmental scan provides an overview of the key components for cervical cancer screening programs and strategies across Canada.


Report Cervical cancer screening in Canada: monitoring & evaluation of quality indicators
Updated: July 2016
This is the third report measuring cervical cancer screening across Canada created by the Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network. This report includes information about screening coverage, follow up, the quality of screening, pre-cancer and cancer detection, and disease extent at diagnosis for women 21-69 years of age for the years 2011-2013. In addition, the report includes a feature section on screening women 18 to 20 years of age, who are younger than the recommended start age for screening.

Related items

Cervical cancer screening in Canada: What primary care providers need to know
Released: November 2016
This knowledge product highlights the key points from the full report that relate to primary care providers.

Cervical screening in Canada: A report summary
Released: November 2016

Past editions of quality indicator results reports

Cervical cancer screening in Canada: program performance results report, Jan 2009 – Dec 2011
Released: 2013

Cervical cancer screening in Canada monitoring program performance 2006-2008
Released: December 2011


Setting performance targets for cervical cancer screening in Canada report cover Cervical cancer screening in Canada: setting targets for program performance
Released: January 2014
This report defines targets for six cervical cancer screening quality indicators and the process that was undertaken to define these targets.


Report Cancer screening in Canada: An overview of screening participation for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
Released: January 2015
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 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.


Resources on cervical cancer screening quality

A number of resources to support participation and quality in cancer screening programs have been developed in collaboration with our pan-Canadian stakeholders. These resources include guidance on correspondence initiatives, strategies to maximize participation in screening programs, and recommendations to standardize histopathology reporting.

Anticipatory Science

The Partnership responds to new screening trial research through the Anticipatory Science Initiative. When a new research paper is published, a cross-Canada approach is taken to create a stream-lined, timely synopsis and inform partners about 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 guidelines including recommendations on cancer screening.


Last updated: August 23, 2017