Board Highlights 

April 5, 2016

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held a special meeting on March 29, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.

More than $1 Billion in Funding Allocations Approved for Local Health Services

Each year, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN invests more than one billion dollars to fund local health services to ensure residents have access to the care they need. Over the past nine years, the amount transferred directly to providers has increased by almost $240 million. We are spending more on health care in Waterloo Wellington and accountability and value for money is more important than ever before.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN has accountability agreements in place with each of the health service providers it funds and closely monitors their performance in meeting their contractual service obligations. One of the benefits of this is the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s ability to identify opportunities to reallocate money from one provider who has realized efficiencies to another organization where it can best meet the needs of our residents. 

The base funding allocations for 2016-17 are included in the chart below. The opening allocations are the same as the closing March 2016 funding amounts for each sector, with the exception of community mental health where $500,000 in base funding is being transferred from the Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHA-WWD). This is as a result of the organization running consistent surpluses, presenting an opportunity to utilize this funding to advance other needs across the system. CMHA-WWD will continue to meet its service obligations as outlined in their accountability agreement with the new funding allocation.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board approved the base funding allocations, with the acknowledgement that they are subject to change based on provincial Health System Funding Reform updates from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

2016-17 Allocations by Sector


Opening Base Allocation - April 1, 2016



Specialty Psychiatric


Long Term Care


Community Health Centres


Community Care Access Centre


Community Mental Health


Community Support Services


Hospital Municipal Taxes


Total Allocated


Total Unallocated


Grand Total


Improving Care in Local Emergency Departments

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board also approved an additional $5.4 million in funding to improve the patient experience in local emergency departments (EDs) through ED Pay for Results funding, pending approval of appropriate plans from each Health Service Provider by the Waterloo Wellington LHIN CEO. This program was launched by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2008 to address ED wait time challenges by providing funding for improved performance. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board discussed the importance of a system wide approach to improving care in the ED, including engaging providers outside of hospitals.

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board Approves 2016/17 Annual Business Plan

Each year, in consultation with its community and health service providers, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN  develops a plan to achieve the goals outlined in the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) for the coming year. The Annual Business Plan (ABP) sets out ambitious targets and initiatives for the health system to achieve to ensure local residents receive high quality, integrated care. 

Over the next year, the Waterloo Wellington health system will focus on three main areas: timely access to primary care, improving the home care experience and a continued focus on quality. A summary of the ABP will be posted on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN  website in the coming weeks.

Next Board Meeting Our next Board meeting will take place on May 11, 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Connie MacDonald, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Cell: 226.220.9547
Office: 519.650.4472, Ext. 235
Toll free 1 866 306 5446