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October 22, 2018                                          

Re: Supervised Injection/Overdose Prevention Announcement

Dear Minister Elliott,

We welcome the Ontario government’s decision today to continue to fund and support supervised consumption and overdose prevention services for people who use drugs. We are further encouraged that you have committed to ensuring that existing services will continue without interruption while a new model is introduced, and that the three sites placed on pause in August will be able to open.

The Alliance for Healthier Communities congratulates the Ontario PC Party on their election win and looks forward to working with them to implement their healthcare platform.

TORONTO, June 4, 2018 – Ontario’s voice for community-governed comprehensive primary health care has a new name, and it’s official as of today: Alliance for Healthier Communities.

On December 6, the Auditor General released her audit of Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Ontario. The report also contains several mentions of other models of team-based primary health care including Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs), Family Health Teams (FHTs) and Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs).

There is much to support in this report, and there are also areas for improvement. The Auditor General demonstrates a thorough understanding of our Model of Health and Wellbeing (p. 184) and states that:

On May 30th Premier Wynne announced a number of changes to Ontario labour laws which aim to better protect part time and contract workers. These changes will be part of new draft legislation,The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which will be introduced in the Fall. The legislation responds to the recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review report which held consultations with stakeholders over the past two years.

Toronto, ON – The Decent Work and Health Network, an advocacy group of health providers in Ontario, is disappointed that the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, released on Tuesday (May 23), has not recommended paid sick day legislation that would improve the health of Ontario workers and families.

Today, the Ontario government announced new investments in interprofessional primary care. In the 2017 Ontario Budget, the Wynne government committed $145 million in addition to the $85 million announced last year.

Building on the positive momentum of successfully advocating for the inclusion of new objects for health equity and health promotion, AOHC has submitted a response to the New Standards for Public Health.

The attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre this past weekend left us shocked and saddened, and our thoughts and hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific hate crime.

Unfortunately, the shooting in Quebec City is not an isolated incident but rather an extreme manifestation of the growing Islamophobia and the rise in anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric both in Canada and around the world.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres supports Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr Eric Hoskins, in calling on the federal government to return to negotiations regarding the federal-provincial health agreement.

Our 107 members are on the front lines of healthcare delivery serving medically and socially complex people in communities across the province. We know that a long-term national health agreement is crucial to building the sustainable health system that all people in Ontario need.

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