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Ontario Government Directives and WWLHIN Policies Regarding Procurement and Expenses

In July 2009, the Ontario government introduced new government directives for all government ministries and agencies related to consultant procurements and expenses:  Procurement Directives and the Addendum to the Travel, Meal & Hospitality Expenses Directive.  These directives are in addition to other policies, legislation and regulations and the Ministry-LHIN accountability agreements governing the Local Health Integration Networks.

Provincial directives regarding expenses and consulting procurements are designed to increase transparency and accountability for the use of public funds.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is committed to making sure that every dollar we spend delivers value to the patients and the people we serve.  The LHIN fully supports these directives.  The LHIN has had various controls and checks and balances in place for some time to ensure accountability for the judicious use of funding.  Here is an example of these measures:  

  • Signing authority levels for consulting are delegated within the limits specified within Management Board directives.
  • The Manager, Finance and Allocation, the Director, Finance and Corporate Support and the CEO meet with the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee regularly to discuss any financial concerns. 

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN has taken the following additional steps in response to the new directives: 

  • All consulting services – no matter the amount – are procured using a competitive process as set out by the Procurement Directives.
  • The Board of Directors submits declaration of compliance to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care at public Board meetings confirming adherence to legislation, Memorandum of Understanding, Ministry-LHIN Accountability Agreement and all Directives.

More information on procurement directives can be found on the Ministry of Government Services – Government of Ontario website at www.mgs.gov.on.ca 

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