Ontario Enhancing Health Care for Indigenous People in Sioux Lookout Region
August 11, 2016
Investment is Part of Historic $222 Million First Nations Health Action Plan
Ontario is expanding health care services in the Sioux Lookout region to improve access to culturally appropriate health services and improve outcomes for Indigenous people.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre as part of her week-long trip to more than a dozen communities across the North. This investment is part of Ontario's First Nations Health Action Plan, a historic commitment to take action on health care for Indigenous people.
The plan includes a number of initiatives in the Sioux Lookout region, including:
- Providing $3.3 million to increase physician services by 2,641 days for the 28 First Nations communities in the region
- Investing $1 million to create more hospital beds for seniors' care at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
- Supporting seniors' services such as access to housing and culturally appropriate home and community care
- Establishing a new family health team to provide more primary care that is culturally appropriate
- Appointing a permanent Associate Medical Officer of Health dedicated to Indigenous health for the region.
In addition, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre will receive more than $290,000 in infrastructure funding.
Ontario's First Nations Health Action Plan will invest nearly $222 million over three years to improve outcomes for Indigenous people and ensure they have access to culturally appropriate care. The plan will focus on the North, where there are significant gaps in health services. Ontario will follow this investment with $104.5 million in annual ongoing funding to address health inequities and improve access to health services for the long term. The government will implement and evaluate the plan in close collaboration with Indigenous partners, to ensure that the investments are culturally appropriate and effective.
Investing in the health and wellness of Indigenous communities is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province. It is also part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.