Governance

April 1, 2021 Update

Ontario is improving the health care system to give patients better connected care, focused on their needs.

On June 6, 2019 the Government of Ontario proclaimed the Connecting Care Act, 2019 to formally establish Ontario Health as a Crown agency in support of the eventual consolidation of LHINs and six provincial agencies into Ontario Health. This follows the cross-appointment of the board members of Ontario Health as board members for LHINs and these agencies.

On April 1, 2021, non-patient care functions from the LHINs transferred into Ontario Health.

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.

The current board of directors remains in place to support continuity. Over time, a dedicated board of directors will be cross-appointed to the 14 Home and Community Care Support Services organizations to keep a strong watch on service continuity across the province and will be held accountable by the Ministry of Health.

Our name has changed but 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. Our patient services and contacts will remain unchanged until further notice.

For more information about 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).

March 17, 2021 - Additional Transfers to Ontario Health

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 LHINs to Ontario Health, effective April 1, 2021:

Transfer Order

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. Our name will change but services and contact information will remain the same, including home and community care and long-term care home placement.

This is part of Ontario’s plan to build a better, more connected health care system centered around the needs of patients through Ontario Health Teams.

Patients and families will continue to have access to the care they need and the health care providers with whom they have built relationships.

Ontario Health and the Ministry of Health are committed to ensuring Ontarians continue receiving high-quality health care services where and when they need them. For more information, visit ontariohealth.ca.

November 28, 2019 - Transfers to Ontario Health

Transfer Order

Ontario is improving the health care system to give patients better connected care, focused on their needs.

On June 6, 2019 the Government of Ontario proclaimed the Connecting Care Act, 2019to formally establish Ontario Health as a Crown agency in support of the eventual consolidation of LHINs and six provincial agencies into Ontario Health. This follows the cross-appointment of the board members of Ontario Health as board members for LHINs and these agencies.

In alignment with this, the subsections from the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006that 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.

You will continue to have access to the care you need and the health care providers you have built relationships with. Home care continues as before and there are no changes to long-term care home placement. Our patient services and contacts will remain unchanged until further notice.

For more information about 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).