Health Canada (the federal government department in Canada responsible for health issues) commissioned a research team to conduct an environmental scan and research report in order to understand interprofessional education and collaborative patient-centred practice (IECPCP). This paper presents the findings from semi-structured telephone interviews with key informants conducted as part of the environmental scan. Grounded theory analysis was employed in order to identify factors associated with interprofessional education and collaborative practice initiatives. These factors were grouped according the following themes: lack of consensus regarding terminology; the need for both champions and external support; sensitization to the effects of professional culture, and logistics of implementation. Findings are discussed related to the literature and to the other papers included in this supplement to the Journal of Interprofessional Care.