Primary Care Teams

Ontario Primary Care Teams: Better Care. Healthier Families. Best Value.

Around the world, cost-effective and high-performing health systems share a common characteristic: they are based on a foundation of comprehensive primary care.

Today, 183 Family Health Teams (FHTs), 75 Community Health Centres (CHCs), 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs), and 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs) provide comprehensive primary care to more than 3.5 million Ontarians in over 200 communities across the province.

Defining Comprehensive Primary Care

The goals of comprehensive primary care are to:

  • Optimize health outcomes for patients and populations
  • Meet patient and public expectations
  • Support a sustainable health care system

The focus of the primary care team is therefore to:

  • Improve quality of care
  • Increase capacity to assure access for patients
  • Reduce the total cost of care to support a sustainable health care system

Learn about AFHTO’s approach to measuring comprehensive primary care through the Starfield Model.

AFHTO Member Organizations

Our members provide interprofessional and team-based comprehensive primary care funded by the Province of Ontario to people of all ages, health and social status in communities across Ontario. These organizations are made up of a variety of models (FHT, NPLC, etc.).

Primary care teams include professionals from a variety of health care backgrounds:

Administration Staff
Family Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Occupational Therapist
Physician Assistant
Registered Dietitian
Registered Nurse
Registered Practical Nurse
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker
and more…


Communities of practice for interprofessional health providers in primary care
Join a community of practice today! 
These communities are a member-driven initiative, led by dedicated IHP volunteers from teams across the province and supported by AFHTO. They provide resources, advice and opportunities for your staff, helping them improve their performance which in turn benefits the whole team.