About the North West LHIN

The North West LHIN is a non-profit organization established in June 2005. Extending from Hudson Bay in the North to the United States border, and from the Manitoba border to just west of White River, the communities of the North West LHIN are spread across 458,010 kilometres.

We work with health care providers, communities and the public to set priorities and plan health services in Northwestern Ontario. We will oversee the integration and coordination of local health services to make it easier for clients/patients to access the care they need. The North West LHIN is also responsible for allocating funding for the following health services in Northwestern Ontario:

  • Hospitals
  • Community Support Service Organizations
  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Community Health Centres
  • Community Mental Health and Addictions Agencies

The North West LHIN is about improving the quality and accessibility of health care for all residents of Northwestern Ontario through better integration and coordination of health services. It is based on the principle that health care services are best planned at the local level, by people who know the needs and priorities of their communities.


North West LHIN Home and Community Care

  • On June 21, 2017, home and community care services and staff transitioned from the North West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to the North West Local Health Integration Network. Home and community care services are now provided through Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). LHINs plan, integrate and fund local health care. We also deliver and coordinate home and community care.
  • As part of the Government of Ontario’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, this health system change was seamless in order to ensure uninterrupted care and support for patients and home care clients.

Strategic Directions for 2016-2019

The 2016-2019 Board Strategic Plan outlines the North West LHIN's common vision and direction for the health system in Northwestern Ontario.



For information on the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA), please click here.