Capacity Planning

Introducing standardized planning for future need

The RCA's Capacity Planning Framework and methodology support a standardized approach to planning and organizing rehabilitative care at the provincial and regional level. This approach:

  • provides health care planners and providers with a simplified model to address local rehabilitative care needs now and in the future
  • incorporates patient input, population data and various models of care so that plans are efficient, cost-effective and evidence-informed
  • supports equitable access to rehabilitative care across the province.

The RCA is helping regions across Ontario to use the standardized approach to planning for the hip fracture population and testing its use for other patient populations. 

A more detailed list of activities for all RCA initiatives is found here. Terms of reference and the membership for the advisory and task groups can be found on our governance page.


Framework and Resources
Community Rehab Capacity During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Survey Highlights (November 2020)

Results of a Fall 2020 survey of providers of publicly funded ambulatory and in-home rehabilitation services to assess the impact of the pandemic on their capacity.

Hip Fracture Capacity Planning Canvas (March 2019)

The final product of the RCA implementation of A Needs-based approach to rehabilitative care Capacity Planning for patients in Ontario post hip fracture.

Capacity Planning Model — Brief Summary

A brief overview of the methods used in developing the Capacity Planning Canvas and implementing the canvas for the hip fracture population in Ontario. 

The Capacity Planning Canvas — A Needs-Based Approach to Health System Capacity Planning

A detailed process for undertaking a needs based approach to health system and regional capacity planning for identified populations. 

Capacity Planning Framework (March 2015)

Framework outlines questions a rehab care system capacity plan must address in order to conduct a current state analysis, future state design, gap analysis and action plan.

Compendium of Recommendations for Conditions Typically Requiring Rehabilitative Care: A resource developed to support capacity planning (May 2019)

Provides information on a number of conditions typically requiring rehabilitative care that can be used as a proxy for identifying unmet need. Is based on a review of current evidence and best practice guidelines, where available.