To elucidate the essential elements of high-quality rheumatoid arthritis (RA) care in order to develop a vision statement and a set of strategic objectives for a national RA quality framework.Focus groups and interviews were conducted by experienced qualitative researchers using a semi-structured interview or focus group guide with healthcare professionals, patients, clinic managers, healthcare leaders and policy makers to obtain their perspectives on elements essential to RA care. Purposive sampling provided representation of stakeholder types and regions. Recorded data was transcribed verbatim. Two teams of 2 coders independently analyzed the de-identified transcripts using thematic analysis. Strategic objectives and the vision statement were drafted based on the overarching themes from the qualitative analysis and finalized by a working group.A total of 54 stakeholders from 9 Canadian provinces participated in the project (3 focus groups and 19 interviews). Seven strategic objectives were derived from the qualitative analysis representing the following themes: 1) early access and timeliness of care, 2) evidence-informed high-quality care for the ongoing management of RA and comorbidities, 3) availability of patient self-management tools and educational materials for shared decision-making, 4) multidisciplinary care, 5) patient outcomes, and 6) patient experience and satisfaction with care, and 7) Equity, which emerged as an overarching theme. The ultimate vision obtained was "Ensuring patient-centered, high quality care for people living with rheumatoid arthritis".The seven strategic objectives identified highlight priorities for RA quality of care to be used in developing the National RA Quality Measurement Framework.