Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Toronto Central LHIN?

Toronto Central LHIN is located in the core of the City of Toronto, with its edges reaching out into Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke. Toronto Central LHIN shares its borders with Central East LHIN, Central LHIN, Central West LHIN and Mississauga Halton LHIN.

Over 1.15 million people live within the Toronto Central LHIN area. Thousands more come into the LHIN every day to work, visit and receive specialized health care services.

 

What is a LHIN?

Created by the Ontario government in March 2006, LHINs are 14 not-for-profit corporations who work with local health providers and community members to determine the health service priorities of the regions. LHINs plan, integrate and fund local health services, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Community Care Access Centres
  • Community Support Services
  • Long-term Care
  • Mental Health and Addictions Services
  • Community Health Centres
LHINs believe that community health needs and priorities are best understood by people familiar with the needs of our communities and the people who live there, not from those in offices hundreds of miles away.

What do LHINs do?

Prior to the formation of LHINs, health care services in Ontario were fragmented and many health care providers delivered care in isolation. Patients and their loved ones were forced to make their own way through a very complex health system as they moved from one health service provider to another.

LHINs were created to change all that. In March 2006, the Local Health System Integration Act, transformed the way our health care system is managed.

While LHINs do not directly provide services, the mandate is to plan, integrate and fund health care services. LHINs oversee nearly two-thirds of the health care budget in Ontario.

How are LHINs governed?

LHINs operate as not-for-profit organizations governed by boards of directors who are appointed by the province after a rigorous skill and merit-based selection process. Each LHIN has up to nine board members. The board of directors is responsible for the management and control of the affairs of the LHIN and is the key point of interaction with the ministry. CEOs report directly to the LHIN boards.

How can I learn more about Toronto Central LHIN?

To find out more please contact torontocentral@lhins.on.ca or visit the Contact Us page.