LHIN/Health Service Provider Governance Resource and Toolkit for Voluntary Integration Initiatives

The Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announces the release of the Local Health Integration Network/Health Service Provider Governance Resource and Toolkit for Voluntary Integration Initiatives.  The toolkit has been translated into French and a knowledge transfer slide deck is also being developed and will be posted on the website when they are available.


en francais 


The toolkit was developed through a joint initiative of five Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), associations representing the health service providers funded through the LHINs, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The project was initiated in November 2007, in response to early consultations between the LHINs and health service providers regarding the provisions for voluntary integration in the Local Health Systems Integration Act, 2006.

The Act places an obligation on LHINs and on health service providers to identify opportunities to integrate services, which captures a broad range of activities including coordination, partnering with others, and transferring, merging or amalgamating services.

The purpose of the toolkit is to:

  • Assist health service provider boards to understand evolving LHIN practices, processes and expectations arising from interpretations and applications of the act as illustrated by the experience of the participating LHINs;
  • Support health service provider boards in understanding their respective roles and responsibilities in providing appropriate leadership to their organizations and in developing strategies to work with one another and with the LHIN Boards on voluntary integration initiatives

The sponsoring LHINs included Central East, Central West, South East, Erie St. Clair and Central, with supporting input and participation by several other LHINs throughout the province. Health service providers were represented by the Ontario Health Providers Alliance (OHPA) and the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC).

A Project Steering Committee was created from the participating organizations, and a consulting team comprising Maureen Quigley of Maureen Quigley and Associates Inc., Lydia Wakulowsky of the law firm McMillan LLP, and Graham Scott of Graham Scott Strategies Inc.

If you have any questions about this Toolkit, please contact the Central East LHIN office via email - centraleast@lhins.on.ca - or phone 1-866-804-5446.