Ontario Health Teams (OHTs): Guidance for Health Care Providers and Organizations


This document sets out the process for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (the “Ministry”) open invitation to providers across the full continuum of care to come
together and demonstrate their readiness to become Ontario Health Teams — groups of providers and organizations that are clinically and fiscally accountable for delivering a
full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined geographic population. This document is designed to guide groups of health care providers and organizations
in becoming Ontario Health Teams. It describes the components of the model, the expectations for Ontario Health Teams at maturity, and readiness criteria to become an
Ontario Health Team. There is an assessment process to enable all Ontario’s health providers to improve readiness and eventually become an Ontario Health Team.
While the goal is for all health services providers to eventually join or become Ontario Health Teams, how health service providers get there can vary depending on numerous
factors, including the readiness of the local health system. 

Resource includes:

  • Part I: Why does our health care system need change?
  • Part II: What will the future look like?
    • Strengthening our relationship with patients, families, and caregivers
    • Supporting providers to work better together
  • Part III: How will we get there?
    • Leverage existing strengths and partnerships, scale, and spread quickly
    • The path to becoming an Ontario Health Team
    • The maturation of Ontario Health Teams
    • Ontario Health Team: Assessment Process
  • Part IV: How interested providers will be supported
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A –Ontario Health Team Model: From Readiness to Maturity Summary
  • Appendix B – Ontario Health Teams in Detail