LHIN Statutory Authorities 

Local Health Integration Network Authorities under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006

On September 1, 2017 the new Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) directive, investigatory and supervisory authorities (‘statutory authorities’) under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA) came into force.  

The Patient First Act, 2016 (the “Act”) amended LHSIA to give LHINs the tools and authorities they need to become the single point of accountability for local health system planning in their regions and sub-regions.  As managers and integrators of the local health systems, LHINs require appropriate oversight powers to address issues in the system and with Health Service Providers (HSPs).  The Act lays out a system of remedies, which include LHIN directive, investigatory and supervisory authorities over HSPs.

To ensure consistency and transparency in the oversight of HSPs performance, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has worked with HSP associations and LHINs to develop guidelines, provide a common framework for the use of the new LHIN statutory authorities, and set out examples of potential graduated LHIN actions and interventions with HSPs.

For more information on the LHIN Statutory Authorities, LHIN-funded Health Service Providers are asked to email Michelle Nurse, Director, Contract Management, Performance and Accountability at michelle.nurse@lhins.on.ca.