Increasing Access to Health Care in Thorncliffe Park
Ontario Supporting the Construction of New Community Health Hub
Ontario is increasing access to health and social services in the Thorncliffe Park area by supporting the construction of a new community health hub.
When complete, the hub will provide health and social services for over 23,000 residents, including newcomers to Canada, people experiencing challenging socio-economic conditions, at-risk youth, non-insured patients, seniors and people living with mental illness.
A new space at the East York Town Centre will be renovated and built with services in one central location, including:
- Comprehensive primary health care
- Chronic disease management
- Newcomer services
- Mental health care
- Maternal reproductive health care
- Newborn, child and youth services.
This project builds on previous investments made in Thorncliffe Park that have helped recruit health providers - including a doctor, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, dietitian, social worker, community health workers, intake counsellors, chiropodist as well as administrative staff to provide services out of an interim location. The investments have also supported a new paediatric clinic for children with a focus on developmental and behavioural concerns.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is providing the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network with a planning grant to begin planning for the Health Access Thorncliffe Park Project, in consultation with community residents to identify the needs and best approach to plan for the hub.
- The new community health hub is expected to be open by January 2020.
- Ontario is working closely with the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, community leaders, residents, and health and social service partners to provide customized programs to answer to the specific local needs. Key partners include The Neighborhood Organization, Flemingdon Health Centre, Michael Garron Hospital, United Way Greater Toronto and the Toronto Healthcare Centre.
- While community hubs are locally-driven, the province’s role is to make it easier for community partners to offer services that are integrated and coordinated, strengthening community partnerships and making the best use of public space.
- CommunityHubsOntario.ca offers free resources on community hub development, webinar training sessions, and various other tools, including a map of current surplus public properties and more than 185 community hubs across the province.
- Since 2003, the number of people in Ontario with a primary care provider has increased from nearly 11.3 million to about 13 million, an increase of around 1.7 million people.
- The province has invested over $5.1 million so far to increase access to primary care services in the community and has committed $4.1 million per year in operating funds going forward.
“Improving health care outcomes for people in the Thorncliffe Park community area is important to the government. The new community health hub will help provide faster access to the right and high quality care, closer to home for all the residents.”
“When you get sick, you need fast access to great care that is close to home. That’s why we have made the choice to invest in the care that people need right now. Nothing is more important than your health and the health of your loved ones. I know this new community health hub will make a difference for the Thorncliffe community. Together, we are putting care first.”
“The Thorncliffe Park community hub demonstrates an innovative way to bring partners together in a single location to meet the unique health and social needs of residents. It will be key in helping to ensure that community members have access to high quality care in order to achieve their best possible health.”