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Northern Ontario Health Equity Strategy

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We know that people living in Northern Ontario often have very different experiences with their health and with the care they receive, than is typical in the province overall.

Indigenous and Francophone communities, in particular, face a number of barriers in accessing appropriate care.

That’s why we’ve partnered with a group of people who live in the north, and who can help address these inequities, to jointly develop a health equity strategy specific to Northern Ontario.

The vision: That all Northerners have equal opportunities for health, including access to appropriate, timely, high-quality health care, regardless of where they live, what they have or who they are.

Who’s leading the development of this strategy?

In partnership with Health Quality Ontario, representatives include people from the northern Public Health Units, the North East and North West Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), the Northern School of Medicine, Indigenous and Francophone communities, researchers, and mental health and addictions experts.

When will the strategy be complete?

It will be complete in winter 2017/2018.


To establish the groundwork for the strategy, we first brought together people with lived experience, health system leaders and providers in the north

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