On March 17, 2021, the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, issued an order under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 transferring the health system planning and funding functions of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to Ontario Health, effective April 1, 2021:
Patient care functions, including the delivery of home care and long-term care home placement services, will remain in place under a new name to reflect a focused mandate – Home and Community Care Support Services.
Ontario Health West (Erie St. Clair area)
Our role is to plan, integrate and fund local health care. We cover an area that includes Sarnia/Lambton, Chatham-Kent, and Windsor/Essex, and is home to approximately 600,000 people. We provide over $1.1 billion in health care funding to local organizations including community health agencies, mental health and addictions services, long-term care homes, and hospitals.
As Crown agencies that work in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), we provide leadership and accountability for the health care system at the local level and ensure that the health care needs of Ontarians are identified, coordinated, and addressed in a truly integrated system. Local accountability gives communities the opportunity to become involved in health care planning.
Funded Health Service Provider
A funded health service provider is defined as an agency that has a Service Accountability Agreement with Ontario Health West. This accountability agreement holds the agency accountable for delivering health care services to patients, clients, and/or family members and caregivers. For a full listing of our funded health service providers, click here.
Together with our communities, we are leading and creating confidence in a high-performing patient and family-centred care system.