About Our LHIN

Who We Are

The North East LHIN is one of 14 LHINs in Ontario. We plan, fund and integrate health care as well as deliver home and community care to people across Northeastern Ontario.

With offices in 20 communities, we are a provincial crown corporation working to ensure the local health care system works well so Northerners get the right care, at the right time, and in the right place.  

Engaging with fellow Northerners is the bedrock of our work. Our soon to be established Patient and Family Advisory Committee will continue to inform our work. Thousands of patients, families and caregivers informed 3 health care priorities in our current strategic plan – Integrated Health Service Plan – including:
  • improving timely access to quality care
  • enhancing coordination of care
  • strengthening the sustainability of the health care system.

What We Do

The NE LHIN manages $1.5 billion dollars in health care services, resulting in over 200 programs and services aimed at improving the health and wellness of Northerners. About 64% of our budget flows to 25 hospitals, 15% to 41 long-term care homes,14% to 69 home and community care providers, 6% to 44 community mental health and addiction providers, and1% to 6 community health centres.
 
We hold accountability agreements with about 150 health service providers, managing the regional health care system and bringing health care partners together.  Likewise, the LHIN has an accountability agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and works in partnership to advance 14 health system indicators as outlined in our MLAA (Ministry LHIN Accountability Agreement). 

The NE LHIN is the largest direct service provider of home and community care services in Northeastern Ontario. Every day, we deliver care to more than 16,000 Northerners of all ages, and manage eligibility and admissions to long-term care homes, short stay respite, assisted living, and adult day programs. Care is planned, delivered and coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team of care coordinators, physicians, nursing professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation assistants, social workers, dietitians and others.  Within the delivery of home and community care, the NE LHIN also holds contracts with about 40 service provider organizations. 

Our Priorities

Our LHIN is broken down into five sub-regions -- Algoma, Cochrane, Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound, Nipissing/Temiskaming, James and Hudson Bay Coasts. Sub-regions were created to better address and understand patient needs at a community level. In this first year of sub-region planning, we are focused on the alignment and integrated delivery of home/community care, primary care and mental health addictions services.  

We work in partnership with fellow Northerners and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to: improve the patient experience; address the root cause of health inequities by strengthening the inclusion of social determinants of health in our planning; improve access to primary care and reduce wait times; break down silos between health care sectors and providers to ensure seamless transitions for patients; and support innovation by delivering new models of care and digital solutions. 

North East LHIN Stats and Facts

  • 23% Francophone
  • 11% Indigenous
  • 20% 65 years+ - expected to increase to 31% by 2020. 
Geography and demographics have a huge impact on how health care is delivered. The stats below highlight some of the challenges with health service delivery in the NE LHIN.
  • 400,000 square kilometres; 565,000 people – equates to 44% of Ontario’s land mass yet only 4% of the population.  
  • Some parts of the NE LHIN (communities along the James and Hudson Bay Coast) are only accessible by air or ice roads.
  • Rates are higher than the provincial average for: heavy drinking, smoking, obesity, chronic disease.
The North East LHIN’s focus is on patient-centered care across the full continuum of care. Quality of care is our key driver.