Health Services in Your Community

Local Health Integration (LHIN)
LHINs are not-for-profit corporations responsible for planning, delivering and funding local health care to 14 different geographic areas of the province. This includes including primary care, home and community care, community health centres, hospitals, long-term care and mental health and addiction services. LHINs are based on a principle that community-based care is best planned, coordinated and funded in an integrated manner within the local community because local people are best able to determine their health service needs and priorities. For more information about LHINs, see the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) section.

Community Health Centres
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations that provide primary health and health promotion programs for individuals, families and communities. A health centre is established and governed by a community-elected board of directors.

General Hospitals
Ontario's hospitals provide round-the-clock care to patients, including emergent, elective, specialized chronic care and rehabilitation. Hospitals work with other parts of the health care system to coordinate care to patients. Ontario has three different hospital types: public hospitals, private hospitals, and specialty psychiatric hospitals. This page provides information on hospital locations and classifications.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
Nurse practitioners in these clinics collaborate with an inter-professional team of health care providers and support staff, which may include registered nurses, registered practical nurses, collaborating family physicians, registered dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.

Ontario Health Insurance Offices (OHIP)
A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services paid for by the government. This page shows the locations of OHIP offices in your community. See the Ontario Health Insurance pages for detailed information on the program.

Psychiatric Hospitals
This page provides a list of hospitals in your community that provide mental health services.

Public Health Laboratories
This is a location list of regional public health laboratories.

Public Health Units
Health units administer health promotion and disease prevention programs to inform the public about healthy life-styles, communicable disease control including education in STDs/AIDS, immunization, food premises inspection, healthy growth and development including parenting education, health education for all age groups and selected screening services.

For More Information

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TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY (416)327-4282
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