Integrations in the WWLHIN

Commitment to Integration

As the leaders of the local health system in Waterloo Wellington, at the WWLHIN our mission is to lead a high-quality, integrated health system for our residents. Integrated health systems mean better health outcomes, better patient experiences, and better value for taxpayer dollars.

Health service providers in Waterloo Wellington regularly demonstrate their commitment to leading integrations that are in the best interest of residents. These commitments demonstrate the plans of the boards and leaders of our health service providers to identify and act on integration, as outlined in the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA)*.

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Service Providers Integration Commitments is a list of Governors and organizations who have passed motions that support advancing local health system integrations.

*LHISA, 2006 Section 24: Each local health integration network and each health service provider shall separately and in conjunction with each other identify opportunities to integrate the services of the local health system to provide appropriate, co-ordinated, effective and efficient services. 2006, c. 4, s. 24.

Information and Resources

A health service provider may identify and work voluntarily towards integrating services. If the intended integration involves services that are at least partially funded by the WWLHIN, the health service provider must provide notice to the WWLHIN before taking action. The WWLHIN has the authority under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA) to stop a health service provider-led intended voluntary integration. The WWLHIN may stop a voluntary integration if it is considered to be in conflict with either the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) or the best interest of residents.

Additional information:

Completed Integrations in Waterloo Wellington

Alliance Agreement between North Wellington Health Care Services and Groves Memorial Community Hospital - February, 2016 

Voluntary Integration of Gestational Diabetes Services - May, 2014

Required Integration of Acute and In-Patient Rehabilitative Care Services - August, 2013

Voluntary Integration (Regional Consolidation) of Pacemaker Implant and Follow-up Ambulatory Care Services - May, 2013

Required Amalgamation of Canadian Mental Health Association, Grand River Branch and Trellis - January, 2013

Integrated System of Care for Frail Seniors - 2011-2012

Transfer of base funding for mental health service provision at Headwaters Hospital in Orangeville (voluntary transfer from Grand River Hospital)- September 23, 2010

Self Help Alliance / Canadian Mental Health Association-Grand River Branch (Voluntary Integration) – March 26, 2009

Vascular Surgery Integration Decision (Required Integration) - May 26, 2008

Focus on Healthcare Supply Chain Initiative (FOSCHI) (Voluntary Integration)- February 29, 2008

Community Support Connections, Meals on Wheels and More Merger - 2007 - 2008

  • Merger of four community support agencies: Meals on Wheels of Kitchener-Waterloo (MOWKW), RAISE Home Support, for the Elderly (RAISE), Meals on Wheels and Community Home Support – Cambridge, (MOWCHS) and Kitchener-Waterloo Friendship Group for Seniors (KWFGS)
  • Overview report
  • Board meeting minutes