Health Human Resources

The challenge of having the right number and mix of health care professionals, when and where they are needed, is often cited at NE LHIN engagements. There are more than 20,000 individuals who work in health care across Northeastern Ontario.

The appropriate mix of health human resources across the region is challenged by the aging of the health service workforce and general population, an increase in high-users of the system, and fewer professionals to deliver health care services.

Many communities in Northeastern Ontario experience ongoing shortages of health human resources. A shift to community-based care, away from institutional-based, has an impact on health resources and the community support service (CSS) workforce which delivers many of the home-based services to clients. CSS providers require a well-trained workforce to effectively care for patients in community.

The NE LHIN will continue to work with educational partners, such as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and other post-secondary institutions, to address the chronic shortage of health human professionals. Innovative approaches to the recruitment and retention of health care professionals is a pillar for a strong local health care system.

Relevant Links

Recruitment and Retention of Health Human Resources Overview