Patients First

On December 7, 2016, Ontario passed legislation that will help patients and their families obtain better access to a more local and integrated health care system, improving the patient experience and delivering higher-quality care.

NE LHIN Sub-Regions

The NE LHIN has divided its region into five planning areas (which we are calling our "sub-regions") to provide a foundation for the development of local integrated systems to ensure that Northerners receive better health outcomes. 

These local planning areas will assist the NE LHIN to more effectively plan, evaluate and improve each local health system. This work will be done in consultation and partnership with people, patients, and families, and health service providers to ensure that the system is responsive to the unique local communities within Northeastern Ontario.

We will use these planning areas a means to better identify and respond to population need and to better plan together, coordinate and integrate service delivery, and improve population health and equity. It is important to note that the sub-regions are not service boundaries and will continue to allow for patient choice. 

LHIN Sub-Regions will…

  • Help to improve collaboration and communication efforts between providers.
  • Work to ensure patients are able to access the services they need, closer to home.
  • Be smaller planning areas based on primary care referral patterns.
  • Serve as the focal point for health system data, performance improvement initiatives, and health care delivery. 


The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has requested that LHINs review and make recommendations regarding the establishment of NE LHIN Sub-Regions by September 30, 2016.

Further to an in-depth analysis the NE LHIN will be recommending the continuation of its HUB planning areas and that they transition to five NE LHIN Sub-Regions, including:  James and Hudson Bay Coast; Cochrane; Algoma; Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound; Nipissing Temiskaming.

Current Status

NE LHIN work to date has included identifying patient referral patterns, analyzing data and engaging with health care providers.  In addition, comments received through NE LHIN engagement sessions in February 2016 indicated Northerner’s interest in looking at the establishment of LHIN Sub-Regions through lenses that include population health, Aboriginal and Francophone Health needs, and local planning needs.  Further to this work, there are some communities that need further analysis to determine the best Sub Region for them.

Engaging With You – What are your Thoughts?

We welcome your thoughts and an invitation to engage with you one-on-one.  For further information, please contact: NE LHIN Senior Primary Care Officer, Jennifer MacKinnon: or 1-705 840-1329.

To view the North East LHIN Proposed LHIN Sub-Regions chart, click here.


    NE LHIN Engagements