Date Title
Jun 05, 2017 Media Release: Unique Pilot Project Helping Seniors in Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant to Live Independently At Home

Ontario is renewing its support for its successful community paramedicine program in our community which helps seniors and people in our community with chronic health conditions receive non-emergency care from a paramedic, often in their own home.

Sep 27, 2016 Media Release: Increased Funding for Community Health Organizations

Ontario is providing $4.1 million in 2016–17 to community health service providers across the province to keep these agencies in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment. 

Aug 16, 2016 Media Release: Ontario Funding Four New Hospice Beds in Brantford

Ontario is increasing its annual investment in Stedman Community Hospice by $420,000 to support the opening of four new palliative care beds.

Jul 19, 2016 Media Release: Ontario Investing An Additional $100 Million This Year in Home and Community Care
Ontario is investing approximately $100 million this year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers.

This investment will help clients and caregivers most in need, including $80 million for enhanced home care and $20 million for caregiver respite. Home care patients and those who care for them will benefit from approximately:
  • 350,000 additional hours of nursing care
  • 1.3 million additional hours of personal support
  • 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers
  • 100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation.

Mar 23, 2016 Media Release: Ontario Reports Results on More Investments and Better Access to Health Care
In its Patients First: Action Plan Progress Report released today, the province outlined the investments in health care that are giving patients better and faster access to high-quality health care services today while building a sustainable system that will be there for patients in the future. 
Mar 21, 2016 Media Release: Ontario Investing More Than $50 Billion In Health Care
As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is continuing to make greater investment in Ontario's health care system to give Ontarians faster access to the right care, now and in the future. In 2016-17, the government would be investing $51.8 billion in health care.
Mar 12, 2015 Media Release: Ontario Endorses Expert Report on Home and Community Care

The government welcomes Bringing Care Home, a report from the expert group on home and community care, which includes 16 recommendations to improve patient- and family-centred care.

Drawing from consultations with patients, caregivers and health care providers, the expert group, led by Dr. Gail Donner, provides recommendations to improve the patient experience, promote equal access to services in communities across the province, and identify innovative opportunities to support a sustainable and accountable health care system.

Feb 25, 2015 Media Release: Ontario Investing $28 Million in Mental Health and Addictions Services

Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations to provide care closer to home for people who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. The province is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.

Mar 28, 2014 Media Release: Better Care for Epilepsy Patients

Ontario is more than doubling the number of hospital beds for epilepsy patients in order to enhance their care and reduce wait times for diagnostic testing. The province is adding 21 new epilepsy monitoring unit beds at seven hospitals across Ontario, including three new beds at London Health Sciences Centre.

Mar 28, 2014 Backgrounder: Better Care for Epilepsy Patients

Ontario is enhancing care and shortening wait times for diagnostic testing for Ontarians living with epilepsy with the addition of 21 epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) beds. Up from just 17 EMU beds in two Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), this funding will create 13 adult and eight paediatric EMU beds across five LHINs.

Feb 04, 2014 Backgrounder: eHealth Ontario’s Recent Accomplishments

eHealth Ontario’s Recent Accomplishments

Feb 04, 2014 Media Release: Expanding Life-Saving Care for Stroke Victims

Stroke victims across Ontario can now benefit from life-saving, emergency care through eHealth Ontario’s Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System.

Jan 28, 2014 Media Release: Helping Ontarians Living with Mental and Physical Illness

Ontario is helping up to 500,000 people who are either at-risk of, or currently living with both physical and mental illnesses, get the care and treatment they need.

Jan 27, 2014 Media Release: Moving Forward With Health Care Transformation

Two years after the launch of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, the province continues to transform health care to provide better patient care and better value for health dollars. Ontario is building on the Action Plan with a commitment to provide better support for Personal Support Workers to strengthen their recruitment and retention in the home care sector.

Jan 21, 2014 Media Release: Ontario Expanding Community Role for Paramedics

Ontario is supporting the expansion of community paramedicine programs to improve access to home care and community support services for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions.

Jan 21, 2014 Backgrounder: Community Paramedicine in Ontario

Community Paramedicine allows paramedics to apply their training and skills beyond the traditional role of providing emergency response. Working in collaboration with other health care professionals, community paramedics provide services that help patients, like seniors with complex conditions, to live independently in their homes and communities.

Jan 20, 2014 Media Release: Helping Ontarians With Disabilities Live Independently

Ontario is helping more people with disabilities live independently in their homes. The province is expanding the Direct Funding program, which enables people living with disabilities to manage their care based on their individual needs.

Jan 20, 2014 Backgrounder: Eligibility for the Direct Funding Program

The Direct Funding Program enables adults with physical disabilities to become employers of their own attendants. Eligible Ontarians with disabilities receive monthly funding to hire attendants who assist with routine activities including dressing, grooming and bathing.

Jan 15, 2014 Helping London Kids and Adults with Special Needs Get Dental Care

A new dental clinic at Western University will provide dental care to low-income children and youth and adults with special needs from London and surrounding communities.

Jan 13, 2014 Media Release: Ontario Moving Forward With New Niagara Hospital

Ontario is moving forward with its plans to construct a new Niagara hospital in order to improve access to health care in the growing region. The province is providing the Niagara Health System with $26.2 million to plan a new hospital in South Niagara and two Urgent Care Centres, as proposed by Dr. Kevin Smith’s report on the future of health care in the Niagara region. 

Dec 19, 2013 Backgrounder: Helping More Seniors in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Get Care They Need at Home

Ontario is providing an additional $26,626,300 to support home care and community services in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network. These investments are a key part of the province’s Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Dec 19, 2013 Media Release: Helping More Seniors in Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Get Care They Need at Home

Seniors and residents throughout the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are receiving better access to home care and community supports to help them live independently and at home longer.

Nov 28, 2013 Media Release: Ontario Expanding Electronic Health Records to More Patients

Ontario is making progress on its commitment to ensure every Ontarian has an electronic health record by expanding their use into 90 community-based health care clinics, giving 500,000 patients access to an electronic health record.

Nov 28, 2013 Backgrounder: Ontario Expanding Electronic Health Records to More Patients

The provincial government is making progress on its commitment to ensure every Ontarian has an electronic health record.

Nov 13, 2013 Media Release: Taking the Next Steps for a Smoke-Free Ontario

Ontario is taking the next steps to protect youth from the harmful effects of smoking so they can lead healthy, active lives.

Nov 13, 2013 Backgrounder: Support for Ontario's Commitment to Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Ontario will introduce legislation and propose regulatory amendments that, if passed, would strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act by further protecting youth from to the harmful effects of tobacco.

Oct 10, 2013 Media Release:Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety

Ontario is introducing the Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety Act that, if passed, would strengthen the safety of the province’s hospital drug supply system and further enhance patient care.

Oct 10, 2013 Backgrounder: Ontario Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety

Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, would strengthen the safety of the drug supply chain in the province’s hospitals and further enhance patient care.

Oct 09, 2013 Backgrounder: Ontario Consulting On Healthy Eating Initiatives

In response to the Healthy Kids Panel’s recommendations for reducing childhood obesity, Ontario has launched a cross-government Healthy Kids Strategy focusing on: a healthy start, health food and health active.

Oct 09, 2013 Media Release: Ontarians Warned Not To Eat Certain Frozen Beef Burgers

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, is warning Ontarians not to consume certain frozen beef burger products produced by Belmont Meats because they may be contaminated with E Coli.

Oct 09, 2013 Media Release: Protecting Youth from Cancer as Tanning Bill Passes Final Vote

Ontario is moving forward to protect young people against skin cancer with today’s passage of the Skin Cancer Prevention Act. The new legislation restricts youth under 18, who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from using tanning beds.

Oct 09, 2013 Media Release: Helping Families Make Healthier Food Choices

Ontario will help parents and their children make healthier choices by putting calories on menus, following consultations with the food industry and health care sector.

Sep 27, 2013 Backgrounder: Integrated Comprehensive Care Project

The Integrated Comprehensive Care Project at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is an innovative model of care that emphasizes faster and easier movement of patients from the hospital bed to community care.

Sep 27, 2013 Media Release: Ontario Helping More Patients to Benefit from New Model of Care

Ontario is expanding an innovative program for complex care patients, ensuring better patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and fewer emergency room visits. Over 1,000 patients at St. Joseph’s Health System will benefit from the Integrated Comprehensive Care Project, including those with lung cancer, joint replacement and chronic disease (COPD).

Jun 19, 2013 Media Release: Expanding Physiotherapy to More Communities

Ontario is expanding access to publicly funded, clinic-based physiotherapy services to more communities across the province.

Jun 19, 2013 Backgrounder: Expanding Community Physiotherapy Clinic Services

A key objective of the program is to expand access to publicly funded physiotherapy services to communities that currently are underserviced, to ensure these seniors and eligible patients received physiotherapy assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Feb 12, 2013 Media Release: Ontario Supporting People Living with Mental Illness

Ontario is ensuring that supportive housing and mental health services continue to be provided to those who need them.

Jan 16, 2013 Media Release: Health Care Transformation Benefitting All Ontarians

One year after its launch, Ontarians are seeing results from the Action Plan for Health Care.

Jan 08, 2013 Media Release: Providing Better Care for Older Ontarians

Ontario is moving forward with its Seniors Strategy to provide better care to older Ontarians, including matching every senior with a primary care provider. 

Dec 06, 2012 Media Release: Improving Care for High-Needs Patients

Ontairo is improving co-ordination of care for high-needs patients such as seniors and people with complex conditions through the creation of 19 Health Links across the province.

Dec 06, 2012 Backgrounder: About Health Links

Ontario is improving care for seniors and others with complex conditions through Health Links. This innovative approach brings together health care providers in a community to better and more quickly coordinate care for high-needs patients.

Dec 06, 2012 Backgrounder: Ontario Health Links

List of 19 Health Links across Ontario.

Dec 06, 2012 Backgrounder: Health Links in Action

To help understand how a Health Link can help a patient, here's a real life example (Bernice's story).

Dec 06, 2012 Backgrounder: Support for Health Links

Quotes in support of Health Links.

Jul 03, 2012 NOTICE: Birth Centre Call for Applications

On March 20, 2012 the Government of Ontario announced its intention to create two Birth Centres in the Province. Persons interested in applying to establish and operate a Birth Centre may obtain an Application Form and Application Guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website at: www.ontario.ca/birthcentre. 

Mar 12, 2012 Health Bulletin: Minister Matthews' Statement on OxyContin Abuse

Prescription narcotic addiction has been a growing problem in Ontario. Recent studies have suggested an increase in opioid painkiller addiction as playing a contributing role in hundreds of overdose deaths.

Mar 07, 2012 Health Bulletin: Minister Matthews' Statement On Sandoz Drug Supply

Ontario is taking action to address the effects stemming from production and distribution issues at the Sandoz Canada plant in Boucherville, Quebec. Sandoz produces several critical drugs that are used routinely to treat patients in hospitals and other care settings.

Jan 20, 2011 Media Release: Brantford General Hospital Seeing More Patients Sooner

Ontario is improving patient care at Brantford General Hospital by lowering emergency room wait times for key health services.

Jan 12, 2011 Media Release: Improving Rural and Northern Health Care

Ontarians are being asked to provide their feedback on how to provide the best access to quality health care services in rural and northern areas of the province.

Jan 12, 2011 Backgrounder: Rural and Northern Health Care Consultations

The Rural and Northern Health Care consultations will address the unique health care challenges being faced by Ontarians in rural and northern communities.

Dec 31, 2010 Media Release: More Access to Health Care for Ontarians

There are now more ways than ever before for Ontarians to access the health care they need, closer to home.

Dec 22, 2010 Media Release: Leading the Way in Cancer Care

Ontario’s investments in cancer care are producing results and have established the province as a global leader, according to a new international study.

Dec 02, 2010 Media Release: Raising the Bar on Accountability

New rules in Ontario will prevent organizations funded with taxpayer dollars from using public funds to hire external lobbyists for the purpose of asking for more funding.

Dec 01, 2010 Media Release: Stay Healthy and Get the Flu Shot

The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot.

Nov 30, 2010 Media Release: Ontario Changing OHIP Coverage For Vitamin D Testing

Ontario is following the advice of experts and will be funding vitamin D testing for patients where medical evidence indicates that there is a need.

Nov 30, 2010 Media Release: Improving Ontario's Response to Public Health Emergencies

Ontario is taking action to strengthen and better coordinate the province’s response to future public health emergencies or events, like a pandemic.

Nov 30, 2010 Backgrounder: Improving Ontario's Ability to Respond to Public Health Emergencies

Ontario is taking action to ensure more effective management of a future pandemic or other public health emergency.

Nov 01, 2010 Media Release: Ontarians Have More Health Care Options Than Ever Before

With the simple click of a mouse or the touch of a smart phone, Ontarians can access the newly re-launched health care options web site and get to know the health care options in their communities better.

Nov 01, 2010 Backgrounder: Knowing Your Health Care Options Better

Ontario has updated the Health Care Options website to make it even easier for Ontarians to learn about the health care options in their communities and avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room.

Oct 28, 2010 Media Release: Training More Doctors to Increase Access to Care

Ontario is increasing access to medical specialists — like surgeons and psychiatrists — by creating 75 specialty residency positions at the province’s medical schools.

Oct 28, 2010 Backgrounder: More Medical Students, Better Training Facilities

Ontario is increasing access to doctors through a number of initiatives introduced since 2003.

Oct 20, 2010 Media Release: Raising the Bar for Accountability and Transparency

Ontario is proposing strict new rules that would prevent organizations funded with taxpayer dollars from using public funds to hire external lobbyists to ask for more funding.

Oct 20, 2010 Backgrounder: Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists Banned In Ontario Public Sector

Legislation proposed today would, if passed, prohibit broader public sector organizations from using public funds to hire external lobbyists - ensuring that taxpayer money is used to deliver public services and programs instead of being wasted on outside lobbyists.

Oct 20, 2010 Backgrounder: Broader Public Sector Procurement

The government is proposing new legislation to ensure fair, open and transparent procurement procedures in broader public sector (BPS) organizations.

Oct 20, 2010 Backgrounder: Hospital Records Open To Public Scrutiny

Legislation proposed today would, if passed, improve the transparency and accountability of hospitals by making them subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) as of January 1, 2012.

Aug 27, 2010 Media Release: Ontario Moving To Reduce Abuse Of Prescription Narcotics

Ontario is taking action to curb the growing abuse of prescription narcotics and controlled substances, including those containing oxycodone.

Aug 27, 2010 Backgrounder: Narcotics Strategy

Ontario is launching a new strategy to address abuse of prescription narcotics and other controlled substances, and to ensure their safe and appropriate use by those who require pain management medication.

Aug 27, 2010 Backgrounder: Rising Use and Abuse of Narcotics

The excessive use of prescription narcotics and controlled substances has emerged as a public health and safety issue in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions around the world.

Aug 27, 2010 Backgrounder: Narcotics Strategy: What Other People Are Saying

Read what other people are saying about the Narcotics Strategy.

Aug 24, 2010 Media Release: New Family Health Teams Increasing Access to Care

Ontario is creating 30 new Family Health Teams across the province to provide better access to family health care.

Aug 24, 2010 Backgrounder: Family Health Teams

Ontario is creating 30 new Family Health Teams across the province to provide better access to family health care.

Aug 23, 2010 Media Release: More Nurse Practitioner Clinics Coming To Ontario

More patients in Ontario will have access to family health care thanks to 14 new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics being created throughout the province.

Aug 23, 2010 Backgrounder: Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics In Ontario

Ontario’s Family Health Care for All Strategy continues to focus on improving access to family health care and reducing the number of unattached patients through the creation of 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.

Jul 29, 2010 Media Release: ER Wait Times Program Expands

Ontario is lowering emergency room wait times by expanding the Pay for Results program that has already helped hospitals across the province make significant wait time improvements.

Jul 29, 2010 Backgrounder: Pay for Results Program

Ontario is lowering emergency room wait times by expanding the Pay for Results program that has already helped hospitals across the province make significant wait time improvements.

Jul 06, 2010 Media Release: Ontarians Urged To Take Special Care During Heat Wave

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is reminding Ontarians to take special care to prevent heat-related illness during the current heat wave in the province.

Jun 17, 2010 Media Release: Ontario On Target for Surgical Wait Times

Ontario has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to reduce wait times. The latest data show provincial wait times for all surgical areas in the province are within target.

Jun 17, 2010 Backgrounder: Ontario's Wait Time Strategy

Ontario now reports wait time information in more ways and more frequently than any other province in Canada.

Jun 07, 2010 Media Release: Fair Drug Prices For All Ontarians

Ontario is lowering generic drug prices and making improvements to the province’s drug system to benefit all Ontarians.

Jun 07, 2010 Backgrounder: Improving Ontario’s Drug System

Ontario has finalized its plans to ensure Ontarians pay a fair price for their generic prescription drugs and strengthen pharmacy services across the province.

Jun 07, 2010 Fact Sheet: How You Will Benefit From Ontario’s Drug System Reforms

This document outlines how citizens will benefit from Ontario's drug system reforms.

Jun 03, 2010 Media Release: Improving Health Care For All Ontarians

Ontario is putting patients first by improving the quality and accountability of the province’s health care system through new legislation. The Excellent Care for All Act was passed by the legislature today and upon Royal Assent will make health care providers and executives accountable for improving patient care.

Jun 02, 2010 Media Release: Ontario Responded Well To H1N1 Pandemic Says Chief Medical Officer Of Health

Ontario responded well to the H1N1 pandemic but greater coordination and standardization is needed for future health emergencies, according to a new report from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Jun 02, 2010 Backgrounder: The H1N1 Pandemic – How Ontario Fared

Ontario’s preliminary assessment of rates of death and hospitalization shows the province’s rates were low relative to overall Canadian rates. Ontario’s immunization coverage is higher than that of most countries in the world. Every person who wanted a vaccine received one.

May 14, 2010 Media Release: ER Nurses Improving Access to Care

Ontario is helping hospitals create more nursing positions dedicated to assisting patients who arrive in emergency rooms (ERs) by ambulance.

May 14, 2010 Backgrounder: Ambulance Offload Nurse Initiative

The McGuinty government is providing a total of $9.6 million to 16 municipalities to hire nurses who are dedicated to receiving non-emergent patients who arrive in hospital emergency rooms by ambulance.

May 11, 2010 Media Release: Creating More Opportunities For Nurses

Since 2003 the government has created more than 10,000 nursing positions and exceeded its goal of creating 900 nursing positions in 2009/10. Today, many of these nurses have received specialized training that allows them to provide a broader range of health services.

May 10, 2010 Media Release: New Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

Ontario is calling for applications for 14 new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics as part of the government's commitment to increase access to family health care. The call for applications closes on June 25, 2010. The new clinics will be awarded in the summer of 2010.

May 06, 2010 Media Release: Ontario Improving Access To Family Health Care

Ontario is calling for applications for 30 new Family Health Teams (FHTs), which will help increase access to family health care for Ontarians.

May 03, 2010 Media Release: Improving Health Care for Ontarians

Ontario is proposing comprehensive new initiatives to improve the quality and accountability of the province’s health care system and ensure the needs of patients come first.

May 03, 2010 Backgrounder: Proposed Excellent Care for All Act

Ontario is introducing the proposed Excellent Care for All Act that is intended to make health care providers and executives accountable for improving patient care.

May 03, 2010 Backgrounder: Patient-Based Payment For Hospitals

Ontario will continue moving larger hospitals towards a patient-based funding payment model where hospitals are reimbursed based on the types and volumes of patients they treat.

Apr 20, 2010 Media Release: Minister Speaking Directly to Ontarians

A new social media campaign to inform Ontarians about the government’s plans to get fair drug prices launched today.

Apr 07, 2010 Media Release: Expanding Access To Affordable Drugs

Ontario plans to further reform the prescription drug system to provide better access to lower-cost generic drugs for patients, while continuing to increase annual funding to the drug system as a whole.

Apr 07, 2010 Backgrounder: Reforming Ontario's Drug System

Ontario is further reforming the prescription drug system to ensure wider availability of more affordable drugs. The reforms would end professional allowances and more fairly compensate pharmacists for the valuable work they do.

Apr 07, 2010 Fact Sheet: Ontario Drug System

Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) funds over 4,000 brand and generic drugs for eligible residents of Ontario.  Pharmacists play an important role in dispensing these drugs and in providing support and clinical information to the patients.

Mar 05, 2010 Media Release: Improving Access To Health Care

Ontario is improving access to health care with two new programs that will help communities that have traditionally had the hardest time recruiting doctors.

Mar 05, 2010 Backgrounder: Increasing The Availability Of Doctors In Ontario

The Ontario government is introducing two new initiatives, the Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative and the Postgraduate Return of Service Program, which will attract doctors to communities where they are needed.

Mar 05, 2010 Backgrounder: Doctor Recruitment And Retention Program Consultations

The Ontario government held consultations on the proposed redesign of doctor recruitment and retention initiatives over the summer of 2009 and included stakeholders, communities and other partners.

Feb 05, 2010 Backgrounder: Increasing Access to Modern Long-Term Care Homes

Ontario is modernizing 4,183 beds at 37 long-term care homes across the province. This backgrounder provides a breakdown of the beds being funded.

Feb 03, 2010 Media Release: Increasing Access to Modern Long-Term Care Homes

Residents in long-term care homes can look forward to more modern and comfortable living as the province redevelops more than 4,100 beds across Ontario.

Feb 02, 2010 Media Release: New Chair of eHealth Ontario Confirmed

Ontario has confirmed Raymond Hession as the new Chair of eHealth Ontario’s board of directors for a three-year term. The appointment, made by Order-In-Council, took effect February 1, 2010.

Jan 15, 2010 Media Release: Enhancing Francophone Input Into Health Care Services

Ontario is giving the province’s francophone community more input into the planning and integration of French language health services in local communities. At least five new French language planning entities in regions across the province will be created through a new regulation under the Local Health System Integration Act.

Jan 15, 2010 Backgrounder: Francophone Community Engagement Regulation

A new regulation under the Local Health System Integration Act will support coordinated, meaningful and effective engagement of francophone communities on health services. This regulation outlines how the ministry will select French language health planning entities to work with the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

Dec 01, 2009 Media Release: New Law Increases Access to Health Care

Ontarians will soon have better access to health care and more choices in who provides it, as Bill 179 was passed Monday night with unanimous support. Upon proclamation, the bill will give nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other health professionals the freedom to provide a wider range of health care services.

Dec 01, 2009 Backgrounder: Improving Patient Care In Ontario

Ontario has passed Third Reading of Bill 179 that would improve access to health care for Ontarians by allowing care providers to use all of their training to perform their jobs and to work more effectively in teams.

Nov 12, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Standing Up To Diabetes

Ontario is taking important steps that will enable more people with diabetes to live healthy lives, while reducing the number of people who develop the disease.

Nov 12, 2009 Backgrounder: Diabetes Education Teams

This document identifies 51 new Diabetes Education Teams throughout the province.

Nov 12, 2009 Backgrounder: Ontario Diabetes Strategy

The province is committed to providing Ontarians with diabetes, and those at risk, with more supports and services to help them stand up to diabetes.

Nov 10, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Announces Finalists for Health Care Innovation Awards

Ontario is celebrating innovations in health care with its fourth annual showcase of original initiatives that are delivering better patient care across the province. Presented by HealthAchieve, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, the award winners will be announced at the Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo on Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Nov 10, 2009 Backgrounder: Celebrating Innovations In Health Care Expo 2009 Finalists

Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2009 showcases some of the leading initiatives underway in support of Ontario’s health care system. More than 200 exhibitors will promote creative ideas to address important health care issues.

Oct 21, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Will Offer H1N1 Vaccine On October 26

Beginning the week of Oct. 26, adjuvanted H1N1 flu vaccine will be offered to all Ontarians that need and want it.

Oct 21, 2009 Backgrounder: H1N1 Vaccine Delivery Logistics in Ontario

Public health officials in Ontario are undertaking rapid deployment of the new H1N1 vaccine to all corners of the province, as part of phase two of this year’s immunization program.

Oct 16, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Takes Additional Steps To Reduce H1N1 Transmission

Ontario has issued updated guidance documents to the province’s health care sector including ambulatory care settings like doctors’ offices, long-term care settings and emergency departments which set out recommendations for managing flu cases.

Oct 01, 2009 Media Release: Hospitals To Use Surgical Safety Checklist

Ontario is enhancing patient safety by requiring all hospitals to use a surgical safety checklist, beginning in January 2010.

Sep 24, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Announces Flu Shot Rollout for Seasonal and H1N1 Vaccines

Ontario will provide seasonal flu shots to people aged 65 and over and residents of long-term care homes in October, followed by the H1N1 flu vaccination program for all Ontarians. Seasonal flu vaccine will be available to the rest of the province following the H1N1 flu vaccination program.

Sep 24, 2009 Backgrounder: Ontario's Flu Vaccine Strategy

Ontario will immunize people 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care homes, with seasonal flu vaccine first. Ontario will offer the rest of the province’s population the H1N1 vaccine beginning in November followed by a universal influenza immunization program with the seasonal flu vaccine in the months following.

Sep 09, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Helping Every Household Fight The Flu

This fall and winter, there will be two types of flu viruses circulating – seasonal flu viruses and the H1N1 flu virus. The seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 flu vaccine will be made available this Fall.

Sep 03, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Is Ready For Upcoming Flu Season Says Chief Medical Officer of Health

Ontario is well prepared for the upcoming flu season according to a new report from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Sep 01, 2009 New Regional Rehabilitation Centre Will Enhance Patient Care

A new regional Rehabilitation Centre opens today at the Hamilton General Hospital campus of Hamilton Health Sciences.

Aug 28, 2009 Systems for Success: Issue 1 - Summer 2009

Systems for Success is your quarterly window into the world of the Community Care Information Management (CCIM) Business Systems projects.

Aug 25, 2009 Media Release: Project to Develop New St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Campus Attracts Industry Interest

Infrastructure Ontario and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton announce the companies short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain a new campus at the West 5th Street site.

Aug 25, 2009 Backgrounder: Project to Develop New St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Campus

Infrastructure Ontario and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton announce the companies short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain a new campus at the West 5th Street site.

Aug 25, 2009 Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo

Presented by HealthAchieve in partnership with the Government of Ontario, Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo will showcase initiatives driving health care system renewal in Ontario. Deadline for entries is September 30, 2009.

Jul 30, 2009 Health Horizon Issue 6 - July 2009

Health Horizon has been designed by the Health System Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide decision makers with a high-level survey of research news and developments in health systems around the world.  Their goal is to identify innovations and emerging trends that are relevant to Ontario’s health system that can inform strategy development, policy development and planning.

Jul 28, 2009 Media Release: Rural and Northern Health Panel Takes Shape

Ontario has officially announced the members of the new Rural and Northern Health Care Panel. The panel will provide recommendations to the government on how to better coordinate the delivery of health care services in Ontario’s rural and northern areas.

Jul 28, 2009 Backgrounder: Members of Ontario’s Rural and Northern Health Care Panel

Ontario has officially announced the members of the new Rural and Northern Health Care Panel. The panel’s members represent a broad range of stakeholders and health care professionals who will draw on their experiences working in rural and northern areas of Ontario.

 

Jul 21, 2009 Media Release: 800,000 More Ontarians Find a Family Doctor

Ontario is giving people the ability to register online to find a family doctor.The online service - being offered through Health Care Connect - is the next step in the McGuinty government’s plan to increase access to family health care. The most recent data shows that approximately 800,000 more Ontarians have a family doctor now than in 2003.

Jul 14, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Releases Mental Health and Addictions Discussion Paper

Ontario has released a discussion paper, Every Door is the Right Door to contribute to the development of a 10-year mental health and addictions strategy.

Jul 14, 2009 Backgrounder: Mental Health And Addictions

The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has established an Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions to provide advice on overall direction and priorities for a 10-year provincial strategy. The Group is responsible for the creation of the discussion paper, Every Door is the Right Door.

Jun 24, 2009 Media Release: Ontario Adding New Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

The Ontario government issues a call for applications for eight more Nurse Practitioner-led clinics. The addition of these clinics will improve access to family health care.

Jun 22, 2009 Ontario Improving Access to Family Health Care
Jun 18, 2009 Media Release: Ontario is National Leader in Reducing Health Wait Times

Ontario earned top marks for meeting performance targets in reducing wait times in five areas, according to a new annual report card issued by the Wait Time Alliance (WTA).

Apr 30, 2009 Backgrounder: Reporting C. difficle Rates in Hospitals

Ontario is requiring all hospitals to monitor and report CDAD in their facilities so the most appropriate infection prevention and control measures can be put in place. CDAD rates are published on the ministry website monthly.

Apr 30, 2009 Backgrounder: Reporting MRSA and VRE Bacteraemia Rates in Hospitals

Ontario is requiring all hospitals to monitor and report MRSA and VRE bacteraemia cases in their facilities so the most appropriate infection prevention and control measures can be put in place. These rates are published on the ministry website quarterly.

Apr 28, 2009 Health Horizon Issue 5 - April 2009

Health Horizon has been designed by the Health System Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide decision makers with a high-level survey of research news and developments in health systems around the world.  Their goal is to identify innovations and emerging trends that are relevant to Ontario’s health system that can inform strategy development, policy development and planning.

Jan 20, 2009 Health Horizon Issue 4 - January 2009

Health Horizon has been designed by the Health System Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide decision makers with a high-level survey of research news and developments in health systems around the world.  Their goal is to identify innovations and emerging trends that are relevant to Ontario’s health system that can inform strategy development, policy development and planning. 

Oct 20, 2008 Wait Time Strategy Expands!

McGuinty Government sets most aggressive general surgery targets in Canada

Oct 20, 2008 New Wait Times Strategy Allocations by Hospital

Through the province’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Ontario is investing $11.64 million this year for an additional 8,240 general surgery procedures such as gallbladder removal, hernia repairs and intestinal surgeries.

Oct 20, 2008 New Wait Times Strategy Allocations by LHIN

Through the province’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Ontario is investing $11.64 million this year for an additional 8,240 general surgery procedures such as gallbladder removal, hernia repairs and intestinal surgeries. 

Oct 20, 2008 General Surgery Wait Time Data

This document provides data on the wait time for general surgeries as of Oct 17, 2008. 

Oct 20, 2008 Wait Times Targets

Ontario is establishing the most aggressive wait time access targets for general, orthopaedic and ophthalmic surgeries in the country. This backgrounder outlines these targets.

Oct 02, 2008 Ontario Integrates e-Health Activities Under One Agency

Ontario has appointed Dr. Alan Hudson as the Chair of eHealth Ontario, a restructured agency responsible for all aspects of e-health in Ontario including creating an electronic health record for all Ontarians. eHealth Ontario will bring together the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s e-Health Program and the province’s Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) under one banner.

Sep 08, 2008 Personal Support Workers in Long -Term Care Homes Revised

This chart clarifies details on funding and the resulting hours of personal support for long-term care homes.  It replaces the chart published on August 19, 2008, and includes revisions made on September 8, 2008.

Sep 05, 2008 Personal Support Workers in Long-Term Care Homes

This chart clarifies details on funding and the resulting hours of personal support for long-term care homes. It replaces the chart published on August 19, 2008.

Aug 19, 2008 Personal Support Worker Allocations Backgrounder

Ontario is providing $23.3 million to support the creation of 873 personal support worker (PSW) positions in long-term care homes this year. This document shows the allocations for each LHIN. 

 

Aug 19, 2008 PSW Allocations for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brand LHIN
Aug 19, 2008 Increasing Direct Daily Care in LTC Homes

Ontario is providing $23.3 million to support the creation of 873 personal support worker positions in long-term care homes. This will increase the average paid hours of direct daily care per resident to 3.26 hours this year of nursing, personal support and programming.

Jun 20, 2008 Media release: Funding for Aging at Home and Vans

Standing in front of new Dodge Caravans that will provide area seniors with rides to appointments, George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, today announced a series of local Aging at Home initiatives which are receiving more than $6.7 million this year.

Jun 20, 2008 Van announcement BACKGROUNDER

 The Ontario government is buying 100 new Dodge Caravans from Windsor’s Chrysler Plant to provide Ontario seniors with health-related transportation services. The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) is receiving 8 vans which will provide an estimated 11,104 rides to appointments for local seniors over the course of a year.

Mar 26, 2008 Ontario Budget 2008

Strengthening Ontario's Future by Investing in Health Care....

Mar 01, 2008 Rotman Conference

Baycrest presents...the 18th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference NEUROIMAGING IN DEMENTIA at the Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto Canada.  Pre-Conference Clinical Session - Monday, March 24, 2008 Conference - Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26, 2008. For additional information: http://www.rotman-baycrest.on.ca Queries can be directed to (416) 785-2500 ext. 2363 or e-mail pferreira@baycrest.org 

Feb 02, 2008 MOHLTC Call for Proposals for PDA

Call for Proposals for the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Initiative.  The application process is open to any organization that employs nurses for the purpose of delivering health care services in any of the following sectors/settings in Ontario: hospitals, Long-Term Care Homes, home health care/community health, public health and correctional facilities. The initiative is a one year pilot project that will involve providing PDAs with evidence-based practice resources to front-line nursing staff to improve access and integration of evidence at the bedside. Anticipated outcomes of this project include increased support for evidence-based practice, improved patient outcomes and enhanced quality of work-life for nurses. The MOHLTC has allocated $3M for this initiative for a number of sites across the province representing various health care sectors, organizations and regions.  

Sep 10, 2007 Hospital Service Accountability Agreement - Update, Issue 3, September 7, 2007
Sep 04, 2007 Aging at Home - A Provincial Media Release
Sep 04, 2007 Aging at Home - Backgrounder
The government is expanding community living options for seniors by investing more than $700 million over three years in an Aging at Home strategy. The province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will receive significant funding and tailor a range of support services to meet the needs of seniors so that they may live independently in their own homes. Services could include enhanced home care and community support services like meals, transportation, adult day programs, homemaking services and caregiver supports, and increased access to mobility aids. These community services will give seniors support to lead healthy and independent lives at home.
Aug 17, 2007 Executive Overview of Ministry LHIN Accountability Agreement

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY AGREEMENT This document summarizes the key elements of the 07/08-09/10 Accountability Agreement and its Schedules. It is intended to provide the reader with an overview of the performance obligations that have been agreed to in the primary agreement and accompanying schedules. R

Aug 17, 2007 Ministry LHIN Accountability Agreement
Aug 14, 2007 Hospital Service Accountability Agreement Update, Issue 2, August 14, 2007

The 2008-10 Hospital Annual Planning Submission (HAPS) process will be officially launched on Thursday, August 23, 11:30-12:30 ET, with a province-wide videoconference featuring presentations by Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ron Sapsford, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) CEO, Barry Monaghan and Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) President and CEO, Hilary Short. The session, targeting hospital leaders and LHIN and Ministry staff, will highlight:  • what’s new in this year’s HAPS Guidelines; • LHIN and Ministry roles and responsibilities; • progress to date on the redevelopment of the LHIN Hospital Service Accountability Agreement (H-SAA) template.

Jul 31, 2007 First Issue: Hospital Service Accountability Agreement Update

Annual Planning Submission (HAPS) Guidelines Whats new in this years Hospital Annual Planning Submission (HAPS) Guidelines? The 2008-10 HAPS Guidelines were developed jointly by the 14 LHINs in keeping with their responsibility under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006( LHSIA) to plan, fund and integrate heal

Jul 27, 2007 LHINs Announce Availability of Health System Improvement Pre-Proposal Form

BULLETIN The Health System Improvement Pre-Proposal (H-SIP) process has been developed collectively by Ontario Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to facilitate and standardize the way health system improvement requests are submitted to LHINs. It allows for a simplified summary of the proposed initiative and mini

May 22, 2007 Ontario Government Reducing Health Care Wait Times

New data shows the Ontario government’s Wait Time Strategy is resulting in decreases in wait times for key health services in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) area, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.

Dec 06, 2006 Privatizing health care goal of elite: coalition

niagarathisweek.com -News http://www.niagarathisweek.com/na/news/story/3802622p-4398385c.html 1 of 2 12/11/2006 3:13 PM Mike Zettel Brock pastor George Addison, Canadian Health Coalition coordinator Michael McBane and Eduardo Sousa, regional organizer for the Council of Canadians, take questions from the audience at a

Dec 04, 2006 LHIN on path to health reform

niagarathisweek.com -News http://www.niagarathisweek.com/na/news/story/3802622p-4398385c.html 1 of 2 12/11/2006 3:13 PM Mike Zettel Brock pastor George Addison, Canadian Health Coalition coordinator Michael McBane and Eduardo Sousa, regional organizer for the Council of Canadians, take questions from the audience at a

Dec 01, 2006 LHIN to expand access to care

LHIN to expand access to care (St. Catharines Standard (ON)) PUBLICATION: St. Catharines Standard (ON) DATE: 2006.12.01 SECTION: Local PAGE: A5 BYLINE: ERIK WHITE DATELINE: Grimsby With Thursday's release of a three−year plan for the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant LHIN, chairwoman Juanita Gledhill believes all

Oct 26, 2006 Skeptic now a believer in health care super-board

NATIONAL THE EXPOSITOR Skeptic now a believer in health care super-board BY VINCENT BAIl.. EXPOSITOR STAFF /BRANTFORD Steps to create a health care super-board that encompasses a huge area, including Brant, have turned at least one skeptic into a believer. Helen Mulligan said Wednesday that she is impressed with the ap

Oct 13, 2006 New health-care master touts new era in local delivery

New health-care master touts new era in local delivery Richard Leitner, Stoney Creek News (Oct 13, 2006) Its name is a mouthful and not especially illuminating to its purpose. But as local public bodies go, the newly formed Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Network – or LHIN for short --is about