May 2019
New Public Health Boundaries Proposed

2019-05-15 11:01:59 AM

In light of the province’s move to reduce the number of public-health units from 35 to 10, new public health unit boundaries and mergers have been proposed, including:

  • Merging health units in Halton Region, Waterloo Region, Peel Region, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. This merger will combine health units that serve more than 2.7 million people resulting in the province’s largest health unit;

  • Combining five existing public health agencies from Windsor to Woodstock into one regional health office. The new regional office would absorb the territory currently covered by Windsor-Essex County health units, the Chatham-Kent health unit, the Lambton health unit, and the already-merged Southwestern public health, which serves Elgin and Oxford counties;

  • Combining Ottawa’s Health Unit to include the areas of Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Renfrew, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, Kingston, and Cornwall. This health unit would include more than 1.6 million people and cover almost 29,000 square kilometres; and

  • Merging Hamilton’s Health Unit with health units in Niagara, Brant, and Haldimand-Norfolk.

A spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott says the specific boundaries of the new regional health units will be finalized in consultation with municipalities through technical working groups that are expected to be launched shortly.  

The government says these mergers are part of an effort to “help streamline services by 2020-21.”

Additionally, the province last week informed Ontario public health units that the current funding structure that sees public health units receiving 75% of funding from the province will be reduced to 70% retroactive to April 1, 2019. Municipalities that intiially paid 25% of public health services will now cover 30% of funding for 2019 and 2020. As of April 1, 2021, a municipality's funding share will rise between 30% to 40%.  

AMCTO will continue to monitor developments and report any further details as they emerge.

For more information, please see below:

AMCTO: 2019 Budget Update


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