Governing boards of healthcare organizations are legally responsible for the overall performance of their organizations. To support boards in their efforts to improve governance for quality and patient safety, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) have developed the Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety program – a toolkit and education session to help healthcare boards understand and implement effective governance practices and processes for quality and patient safety. The Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety Toolkit is freely accessible on the CPSI website and copies are available for order.