In November 2010, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and all Ontario LHINs released a new Joint Review Framework for early capital planning. Under this framework, LHINs play a critical role in advising on, and endorsing, the program and service elements of all capital projects in the early capital planning stages.
In December 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced approval of a new Community Health Capital Program Policy. This policy creates a unified and streamlined framework for all community health infrastructure investments and expands eligibility criteria for community health service providers.
The new Joint Review Framework has been developed to fulfill provisions of the Ministry/LHIN Accountability Agreement (MLAA) which requires local needs and LHIN advice to be considered in the review of capital planning submissions. It will place an emphasis on local health system needs as the primary driver for capital initiatives.
Health service providers eligible under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s health capital program include:
- Public Hospitals
- Community Health Centres (CHCs)
- Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs)
- Community-Based Mental Health Agencies
- Community-Based Substance Abuse (Addictions) Agencies
- Long-Term Care Supportive Housing Providers (typically supporting programs for the frail elderly, acquired brain injury, physically disabled and HIV/AIDS)
- Public Health Units
- Family Health Teams
- Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics
- Additional community sectors or organizations who meet specific eligibility criteria (see Community Health Capital Programs Policy)
For more information about the capital planning process in the Mississauga Halton LHIN please contact Susan Swartzack, Executive Lead Health System Development, Mississauga Halton LHIN.
MOHLTC/LHIN Capital Working Group