About the Rehabilitative Care Alliance

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) works with partners across the province to strengthen and standardize rehabilitative care in Ontario through better planning, ongoing evaluation and quality improvement, and the integration of best practices across the care continuum. 

Rehabilitation is essential to integrated care and health system recovery. RCA initiatives provide regional bodies, OHTs and health service providers with guidance, tools and support to help them implement change. Initiatives include:

  • Laying the foundation for a rehab workforce recruitment and retention strategy
  • Addressing the intersection between specialized rehab services and Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)
  • Implementing provincial standards for rehabilitative care programs
  • Preventing functional decline among older adults with frailty through implementation of the RCA/PGLO best practices framework
  • Preventing secondary falls among older adults with frailty through scale and spread of RCA post-fall pathways, including adaptation for community paramedics
  • Supporting implementation of bundled care, including standardized rehabilitative care best practices for patients following hip fracture, hip and knee replacement and shoulder arthroplasty
  • Supporting the spread of innovative models of community-based rehabilitative care
  • Analyzing rehab utilization due to COVID-19 to support system planning
  • Improving quality through standardized evaluation of rehabilitative care services

Our Collaborative Approach

Our work is guided by available evidence and data, subject matter experts and the active participation of stakeholders across the province, including patient and family representatives.

More than 400 health system leaders and frontline clinicians are currently involved in our initiatives, and we’re also working with the following groups: 

  • Community Paramedicine
  • CorHealth
  • Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative
  • Ontario Health - Health System Performance and Support
  • Ontario Health - Regional Leads
  • Ontario Hospital Association Rehab/CCC Network
  • Provincial Geriatric Leadership Office
  • Regional Specialized Geriatric Services

Our History

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance was established by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in 2013 and is now funded by Ontario Health. 

The RCA benefits from the support and expertise of the GTA Rehab Network, which has provided secretariat infrastructure and support to the RCA since its inception. While the RCA and GTA Rehab Network are separate entities, some secretariat staff are cross-appointed to both. 

RCA Vision

Patient and system outcomes are optimized through
the integration of rehabilitative care at all levels of
health services policy, planning and delivery.