Become an Ontario Health Team


The Ontario government is building a connected health care system centred around patients, families and caregivers. These changes will strengthen local services, making it easier for patients to navigate the system and transition between providers.

Ontario Health Teams

Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work as one coordinated team - no matter where they provide care.

Providers and organizations eligible to become an Ontario Health Team include, but are not limited to, those that provide:

    • primary care (including inter-professional primary care and physicians)
    • secondary care (e.g., in-patient and ambulatory medical and surgical services (includes specialist services)
    • home care
    • community support services
    • mental health and addictions services
    • health promotion and disease prevention services
    • rehabilitation and complex care
    • palliative care (e.g., hospice)
    • residential care and short-term transitional care (e.g., in supportive housing, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
    • long-term care home placement
    • emergency health services
    • laboratory and diagnostic services
    • midwifery services, and
    • other social and community services and other services, as needed by the population.

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Important Updates

July 23, 2020

We’ve heard from Ontario Health Teams that the partnerships formed through their integration efforts enhanced their ability to rapidly and effectively respond to COVID-19. Advancing Ontario Health Teams will help prepare the province for flu season and a potential second wave of COVID-19.

The government will continue to work with its health care partners until Ontario Health Teams are fully established across the province. This includes shifting to a targeted intake and assessment process to foster partnerships in parts of the province where there is currently limited or no Ontario Health Team activity. Moving forward, invitations to complete a full application will be determined in alignment with the government’s vision for provincial coverage of OHTs.

Please read the July 23, 2020 Connected Care Update for further detail on what this means for Ontario Health Teams and Ontarians.

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Ontario Health Team Central Program of Supports

Changing the way care is delivered will take time and dedication from all system partners. The following resources have been developed to support teams to get started and improve their readiness to implement the Ontario Health Team model.

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Meet the Ontario Health Teams

Algoma OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Algoma District.

All Nations Health Partners OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Kenora and Sioux-Narrows-Nestor Falls.

Brampton, Etobicoke and Area OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Brampton, Bramalea, North Etobicoke, Malton and Woodbridge.

Burlington OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Burlington and surrounding areas.

Cambridge North Dumfries OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in the Cambridge and North Dumfries.

Chatham-Kent OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Chatham-Kent.

Connected Care Halton OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

Couchiching OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Orillia and area.

Durham OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers across Durham Region.

East Toronto OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in 21 neighbourhoods in East Toronto.

Eastern York Region and North Durham OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in East York and North Durham.

Guelph and Area OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Guelph, Puslinch, Rockwood and Erin.

Hamilton OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Hamilton.

Hills of Headwaters Collaborative OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Dufferin County and the town of Caledon.

Huron Perth and Area OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Huron Perth.

Mississauga OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Mississauga.

Muskoka and Area OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in the Muskoka area.

Near North Health and Wellness OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Nipissing and East Parry Sound.

Niagara OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in the Niagara region.

North Toronto OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in North Toronto.

North Western Toronto OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Toronto, Vaughan, Brampton and Mississauga.

North York OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in North York, Thornhill and Markham.

Northumberland OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton, Campbellford and surrounding areas.

Ottawa OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in the city of Ottawa.

Ottawa East OHT
Supporting a continuum of care as a fully bilingual team with providers in Eastern Ottawa, Eastern Champlain and part of Ottawa Centre

Peterborough OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Peterborough and surrounding communities.

Southlake Community OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Newmarket, Georgina, Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Western York Region OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and King City.

Western Ontario Health OHT
Supporting a continuum of care with providers in London-Middlesex.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Ontario Health Teams?

Ontario Health Teams are groups of health care providers and organizations that are clinically and fiscally accountable for delivering a full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined geographic population.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about Ontario Health Teams or the Readiness Assessment process, please email ontariohealthteams@ontario.ca.

When will Ontario Health Teams be announced?

The first cohort of Ontario Health Teams Candidates was identified in the fall of 2019.
On July 23, 2020 five new Ontario Health Teams were announced.

Who can become an Ontario Health Team?

Health care providers and organizations eligible to become an Ontario Health Team include, but are not limited to those that provide:

  • primary care (including inter-professional primary care and physicians)
  • secondary care (e.g., in-patient and ambulatory medical and surgical services (includes specialist services)
  • home care
  • community support services
  • mental health and addictions services
  • health promotion and disease prevention services
  • rehabilitation and complex care
  • palliative care (e.g., hospice)
  • residential care and short-term transitional care (e.g., in supportive housing, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
  • long-term care home placement
  • emergency health services
  • laboratory and diagnostic services
  • midwifery services, and
  • other social and community services and other services, as needed by the population.

Will patients continue to have a choice in their care provider?

Yes. As Ontario Health Teams are established, people’s choice of providers would continue.
Patients who are supported by providers who become part of an Ontario Health Team will not need to sign up or undertake any administrative processes. They will experience greater access to care and support from a broader network of other physicians and inter-professional providers, working together as a team to improve their care.

How does a patient become connected with an Ontario Health Team? Will a patient be able to sign up with a team and how will this happen?

Ontarians will continue to access care from their existing care providers. As Ontario Health Teams are created, Ontarians will be provided with information about the benefits of this model. Ontarians will still be able to choose who provides their care. As the province begins this work, Ontarians can be confident that they can continue to contact their health care providers as they always have to access the health care they need.

What will be different for patients?

Improvements in integrated care through Ontario Health Teams will fundamentally change how patients, families, and caregivers experience the health care system. As Ontario Health Teams are formed - which will be an ongoing process over several years until provincial coverage is achieved - patients will be able to more easily access and navigate the system and be better supported as they transition from one health care provider or setting to another.

For each component of the model, Ontario Health Teams are expected to meet certain commitments and service delivery expectations for their population after their first year of operations through to maturity.

What will Ontario Health Teams Candidates do differently for patient care/experience and providers’ experience when they start operating?

Patients of early Ontario Health Teams will begin to experience better coordinated, integrated health care that is easier to navigate. For providers, Ontario Health Teams foster local collaboration and enables greater communication and coordination. Providers will be supported to work as one coordinated team - focusing on patients and specific local needs, so people can more easily navigate the system and experience easy and coordinated transitions from one health care provider to another. These teams will have flexibility to redesign how they deliver care to meet the needs of their patients in the most effective way.

Will there be 24/7 support for navigation within early Ontario Health Teams?

Teams selected to move forward as Ontario Health Team Candidates are required to have a confirmed commitment to put in place 24/7 coordination of care and system navigation services for targeted patients and providing navigation supports in place for some segments of the patients they are serving.

What are the key digital components of an Ontario Health Team?

At maturity, Ontario Health Teams will have:

  • The ability to provide patients with digital choices such as virtual care (e.g., telephone, email, virtual visits) and timely digital access to patient health records;
  • The ability to communicate and share information across the network; and
  • The ability to drive performance improvements within and across the network through clinical and data standardization, and advanced analytics and strong information management practices to enable population health management, quality improvement, and outcomes measurement.

Is the ministry requiring a specific governance model?

No. Teams will determine for themselves how to self-organize and what governance structure(s) work best for them, their patients, and their communities. At maturity, Ontario Health Teams will work under a single accountability framework and an integrated funding envelope.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about Ontario Health Teams, email ontariohealthteams@ontario.ca.

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