Canadian health care facilities
This Standard describes essential elements and specific requirements for the planning, design, and
construction of HCFs. It applies to all facilities, public or private, that provide health care treatments,
health-related services, or diagnostic testing services, regardless of type, size, location, or range of
services. This Standard applies to the following facility types:
a) inpatient, outpatient, or combined hospitals;
b) facilities providing outpatient diagnosis and treatment services; and
c) specialty inpatient centres and residential care facilities.
Note: Owing to differences in terminology across the country, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of
all facilities covered by this Standard. The facilities listed in Items a), b), and c), and in Table 1.1 are examples only.
Additional examples are listed in Annex B.