Reducing Wait Times for MRI and CT Scans

When it comes to wait times for surgeries and procedures, the status quo is not acceptable. That’s why this provincial government is taking bold action to boost access to surgeries and diagnostic imaging so that Ontarians can conveniently access the care they need sooner, closer to home.

As part of the Your Health plan, we’re taking the next step to make it faster and easier for people to connect to publicly-funded surgeries and procedures by issuing a call for applications that will add 100,000 more MRI and CT scans at community surgical and diagnostic centres across the province each year.

With new licences expected to be issued starting in Fall 2024, this expansion of service will help to reduce wait times for MRI and CT scans to 28 days in every region of the province, ensuring every person who needs imaging receives it within the medically recommended period of time. Cost $0 with OHIP.

As we significantly expand the number of surgeries being done through community surgical and diagnostic centres, all applicants must provide detailed staffing plans that protect the stability of staffing resources at public hospitals, report into the province’s wait times information system and participate in regional central intakes, where available, to ensure people get the surgery they need as quickly as possible.

In total, the provincial government is expanding access to publicly-funded MRI/CT imaging, GI endoscopic procedures and orthopedic surgeries through community surgical and diagnostic centres to reduce wait times and connect people to the care they need, when they need it.

Any new centres will be licenced through Call for Applications processes administered by the Director of Integrated Community Health Services Centres (ICHSCs). Once a call is issued, all details including eligibility requirements will be listed on the ICHSC Call for Applications webpage. If you have questions on the expansion or application, please email

Additional calls will also be launched in the summer and fall to expand the number of community surgical and diagnostic centres that can connect people to GI endoscopy procedures and orthopedic surgeries.

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