Ontario is improving the health care system to give patients better connected care, focused on their needs.
- Health System Planning and Funding Functions: The Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, issued a Transfer Order under the Connecting Care Act, 2019, to transfer the health system planning and funding functions and staff of the LHINs into Ontario Health, effective April 1, 2021.
- Home and Community Care Support Services: Patient care functions including home and community care, long-term care home placement and key supporting functions remain in place under a new name to reflect a re-focused mandate – Home and Community Care Support Services. While the name has changed, local services and contact information remain the same, including home and community care, long-term care home placement and help finding services and local doctors. Patients will continue to have access to the care they need and the health care providers they have built relationships with. Home care continues as before and there are no changes to long-term care home placement.
For more information:
- Ontario Health Board of Directors
- Home and Community Care Support Services Board of Directors.
For more information on how Ontario is improving the health care system, visit ontario.ca/connectedcare or contact Service Ontario Health INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (TTY 1-800-387-5559).
Aligned with the Government of Ontario proclaiming the Connecting Care Act, 2019, the subsections from the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, that required LHINs to hold public board meetings were repealed. Existing legislation for the other agencies, as well as new legislation governing Ontario Health, do not require board meetings be made public. To ensure a consistent approach for those agencies that will be integrated into Ontario Health, LHIN board meetings will no longer be public. The LHIN and Ontario Health boards recognize the need to engage Ontarians in continually improving their health care system. Ontario Health is determining a plan for public engagement to ensure openness and transparency.