Health Care

Heath Care: The Engine for Healthy and Resilient Communities

Every person in Eastern Ontario should have timely access to high-quality health care services regardless of income, location or social status. Municipal governments are key partners in the delivery of health care in Ontario. We continue to be in the unique position of being directly responsible for long-term care, paramedic services, and funding for public health. We are also indirectly responsible for, and directly impact, the social determinants of health as well as the undeserved health needs of our communities.  

Between 2017 and 2021, the EOWC’s member municipalities invested ~ $613 million in locally raised tax dollars for health services which equates to approximately $122.6 million per year. (Statistics Canada, 2021) 

Municipal governments cannot make up reductions in provincial funding related to health care. Property taxpayers cannot continue to bear the burden for increasing health care expenditures and provincial downloading.  

Developing ways for municipal input into provincial health policy and decision-making will help improve health outcomes across Ontario. There are many ways to continuously improve the existing system by building capacity and better system coordination. To do this, we need to better understand our current environment and context.  

Going forward, the EOWC will: 

  1. Undertake an environmental scan to measure what municipalities are spending directly on health care and to access related trend data and forecasting. This will include integrating a social determinants of health framework into the assessment.
  2. Provide evidence-based feedback and data to inform government decisions around long-term care, paramedic services, public health and the evolution of Ontario Health Teams. The EOWC will incorporate social determinants of health to map out impact.
  3. Educate the public and continue to advocate for adequate and sustainable funding to support the delivery of health care services and to ensure the long-term viability of the health care system.

 We will advocate for transparent and accountable funding mechanisms that prioritize frontline care and invest in health care workforce development. Furthermore, we will continue to advocate for measures to reduce wait times; expand health care infrastructure; and increase access to primary care, mental health and addiction services, and specialized care in undeserved areas 

Through continued advocacy for transformative changes, we will build a health care system that meets the evolving needs of Eastern Ontarians, promotes health and wellbeing for all, and achieves better outcomes for individuals, families and communities.   

Additional Priorities

Additional Reports

    Please contact  to access the documents below.

      • EOWC Review of Eastern Ontario Paramedic Services: Key Messages – December 2019
      • EOWC Final Report – Review of Eastern Ontario Paramedic Services: Situational Overview – December 2019
      • EOWC Review of Eastern Ontario Paramedic Services,  Appendices – Individual Service Profiles – December 2019
    2024-2027 Strategic Plan

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