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Community Health Sector Investments

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Community Health Sector Investments

Ministry of Health

Ontario is providing a $128-million increase over last year for home and community health services across the province. This investment is part of the 2012 Ontario Budget commitment to increase funding for community and home care services by an average of four per cent over the next three years, and is helping to deliver on Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care by providing the right care at the right time and in the right place. 

Investments will be made in community support services, community mental health, mental health and addictions, assisted living services in supportive housing, community health centres and acquired brain injury programs.


Increased investments in the community health sector are made through Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), who have allocated the funding to community health providers. Community services funding by LHIN is as follows: 

LHINCommunity Services Funding Increase for 2012-13

Erie St Clair

South West

                         $     6,581,900

                         $   10,449,300

Waterloo Wellington

                         $     6,187,200

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant

                         $   14,712,800

Central West

                         $     5,519,700

Mississauga Halton

                         $     8,819,500

Toronto Central

                         $   14,958,100


                         $   14,315,900

Central East

                         $   12,894,000

South East

                         $     6,220,000


                         $    11,112,800

North Simcoe Muskoka

                         $     5,057,800

North East

                         $     7,553,700

North West

                         $     3,660,500


                         $ 128,043,200


Ontario's increased investment in the community health sector will help Ontarians, especially seniors, through the following enhancements to community health services:

Increased access to health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, dieticians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and social service workers. These health professionals help patients improve their health and teach them how to manage their health conditions. Services can be provided on an ongoing basis or temporarily if a patient is recovering after being in hospital. 

More personal support worker hours to help with a range of essential daily activities that help maintain a patient's physical well-being. Workers providing personal support at a patient's home can help with: 

  • Personal hygiene care, such as washing and bathing
  • Routine personal activities, such as transferring or positioning into chairs, vehicles or beds
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Escorting to appointments
Homemaking services can help with routine household activities including housecleaning, laundry, shopping, banking, paying bills, preparing meals and caring for children.

Community support services help people maintain their independence while living at home. Services are delivered either at home or in a group setting in the community. For example, adult day programs provide structured and supervised activities, organized in a group setting for adults who need care or support.

Addiction clinics to provide methadone and Suboxone opioid substitution treatment programs. The programs will include access to health professionals and services such as counseling and case management.

Addiction treatment and counseling targeted at pregnant and parenting women, offering enhanced access to broader health care and social services.


Increased support for community health services eases pressure on hospitals and helps more patients receive access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place by:

Reducing emergency room wait times - Having more home care and community services enables patients who no longer need hospital care to leave sooner and receive the care they require in the right setting. This in turn makes more beds available to emergency room (ER) patients who are waiting to be admitted to hospital.

Reducing unnecessary ER visits - By providing care services where a person's condition can be monitored and treated regularly, we are lowering the possibility of that person having to make an unexpected visit to the ER because of a sudden deterioration in health.

Saving the health system money - This increased investment will result in overall savings for the health care system by reducing pressures on hospitals, ERs and long-term care homes.  Providing care in the community or at home is better for patients and less costly than hospital and long-term care.

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