Community Health Capital Planning

In 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released a revised Community Health Capital Programs (CHCP) policy. This replaces policy documents previously released in 2015. They provide a unified approach for the review, approval and funding of community health care infrastructure capital projects in Ontario by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ('the ministry').

The CHCP policy outlines the following: 
  • Eligibility criteria for community Health Service Providers (HSPs), including a process for expanding eligibility to additional community HSPs and operational models of service for co-located and integrated proposals;
  • Capital cost share and space standards; and
  • Unified project management and funding framework.
The types of community sector Health Service Providers (HSPs) and organizations who provide direct service related Programming, and were specifically-named in the prior policy continue to be eligible under the CHCP policy for dedicated Capital Funding.  These include:
  • Community Health Centres (CHCs);
  • Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs);
  • Community Based Mental Health and Addictions (MH&As) Agencies (including on-site residential treatment);
  • Public Health Units (PHUs);
  • Family Health Teams (FHTs);
  • Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLCs); and
  • Midwifery Practice Groups (MPGs).

Hospitals are eligible to be a Lead Organization only for Fund Type 2 programs and their respective space.

 The CHCP policy provides capital funding through three (3) streams:

  1. Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF): provides funding for ongoing repair and renewal needs of agencies meeting specific criteria relating to asset ownership and lease length, based on an assessment of asset condition

    2018/19 CIRF Guidelines   English  Français
    2018/19 CIRF Interim Report Template (Due November 2, 2018)
    2018/19 CIRF Settlement Report Template (Due June 28, 2019)

  2. Single Provider Led Community Capital Projects: provides funding for specific renovation or new build projects involving service expansion and/or repair and renewal based on an assessment of project benefit and risk 

  3. Integrated Facilities Community Capital Projects: provides funding for projects involving co-location or integration of multiple community sector HSPs

Please note that the Community Capital Own Funds Projects Directive (effective October 2016) remains in effect.

Further details are found in the resources listed below.


Community Health Capital Program Policy (revised in March 2017)   English  Français

Community Health Capital Programs Operational Framework Toolkit Training:
- Policy Operational Framework - Part I
- Policy Operational Framework - Part II: Module 1   Module 2   Module 3

Community Space Standards for Community Health Care Facilities

Community HSP Cost Share Guide

Community Health Capital Program Toolkit: Instruction Guide

Community Application Form and Business Case

Community Capital Own Funds Projects Directive (Memo)