On May 25, 2016, the Government of Ontario launched the Ontario First Nations Health Action Plan (OFNHAP), a multi-year initiative to improve health care for Indigenous peoples in Ontario. A key part of this Plan is the creation or expansion of new primary care teams; community-based models of primary health care that are designed based on the needs and cultures of the communities they will serve.
We are pleased to inform you that the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for this important initiative has now opened. This process is an initial step associated with this commitment and will allow for the submission of applications for interprofessional primary care teams, which will then be evaluated and assessed. As part of the assessment process, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “ministry”) will engage an inter-ministerial committee as well as a committee of Indigenous partners.
While the primary focus of this initiative is on northern First Nations communities, as a means to addressing significant gaps in primary care access, Indigenous organizations and communities across Ontario are also welcome to submit applications through this process.
Below are an Application Kit and Guidance documents that have been developed to assist organizations and communities participating in the EOI process.
The submission of Application Forms will close on August 21, 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered. We encourage interested organizations to read all of the Guides and materials in the Application Kit in order to prepare a comprehensive application for evaluation. If you have further questions, please email the ministry at IIPCT@ontario.ca or contact John Roininen, Northern Lead, Primary Health Care Branch, at 705-564-7494 or 1-866-727-9959.