In January 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorsed five sub-region boundaries proposed by the North East LHIN.

A sub-region is a smaller geographic planning region within the North East LHIN that will help us better understand and address patient needs at the local level.

By looking at care patterns through a smaller, more local lens, the North East LHIN will is able to continue to better identify and respond to community needs and ensure that patients across the entire LHIN have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. This includes the needs of Francophones, Indigenous Northerners, newcomers and other individuals and groups whose health care needs are unique and who often experience challenges accessing and navigating the health care system.

This approach will not restrict Northerners as they make their health care decisions. Sub-regions are not an additional layer of bureaucracy. They are not separate organizations or administrations, and will not have their own staff or boards.

The five North East LHIN sub-regions (which are largely based on the previous planning area HUBS), were established based on existing care patterns in order to achieve a more local approach to better serve Northerners by ensuring that services reflect the unique needs of patients and communities.

In formalizing our sub-regions, the North East LHIN used the best available evidence, including patient referral patterns and insights gleaned from local engagement with patients, providers and community members - to ensure that sub-regions align with local needs.

Physicians, nurses, and other clinicians, as well as patients, caregivers and their families will continue to play a key role in planning, priority setting and implementing improvement activities at the  sub-region level to ensure the needs of patients and communities are being met.

High Level Milestones for Sub-Region Development 

3 Months (August 2017 to October 2017)

Sub-Region and Outreach Officers will:

  • Use local tables (within Sub-Regions) to focus on the desired outcomes (Mandate Letter, LHIN and MOHLTC priorities)
  • Ensure broad engagement with health and social system leaders, forming “communities of care 
  • Support the refinement of data within Sub-Regions to complete current state analysis (local community inventories, health human resources capacity, etc.) 
  • Engage with Francophone Health Planning Entity to assist in FLS planning

6 Months (November 2017 to January 2018)

Sub-Region and Outreach Officers will:

  • Build guiding coalitions at a local level within Sub- Regions (Guidance Document: North East Rural Communities Framework for Achieving Improved Health System Coordination)
  • Develop outcome-focused action plans with local tables that are aligned with the current NE LHIN IHSP
  • Ensure alignment with Officers/groups leading initiatives related to Primary Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Indigenous, and Francophone populations

Within 1 Year (By August 2018)

Together with other LHIN leaders the Sub-Region and Outreach Officers will:

  • Use the outcomes and action plans of the local tables in the Sub-Regions to inform the development of the next IHSP of the LHIN (April 2019).
  • Evaluate outcomes and develop action plans for future years to address emerging opportunities for quality improvement within local communities


  • Care Communities: supporting people in the NE

North East LHIN by Sub-Region







Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound




James and Hudson Bay Coasts