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  • November 09, 2017

Ontario Boosting Access to Primary Care for People Across the Province

MPP Mauro Announces Expansion of Access to Services at the


November 9, 2017


 Funding announced today will allow the LNPLC to increase their total number of patients from 3,200 to 4,800, and allow them to be open 12 hours a day from the current 8 hours.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, was at the Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic today to highlight Ontario’s new investments in interprofessional care. The LNPLC will be receiving total new base funding of $434,010 and one-time funding of $84,300. With this funding, the LNPLC is hiring two new full-time nurse practitioners, bringing their total to 6, along with 1 half-time registered nurse, 1 half-time social worker, 1 half-time receptionist and their dietician is now moving to full-time. With the new staff, the LNPLC will be increasing its patient capacity from 3200 to 4800, and expanding their operating hours into the evening.

Nurse practitioner-led clinics offer a team-based approach to frontline health care services by partnering with doctors and other health care professionals as part of a health care team. The addition of nurse practitioner-led clinics is part of the province's plan to increase access to health care services for all Ontarians.

 Health care teams bring together a diverse group of health care professionals to help meet the individual and often complex needs of patients. These teams can include doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health workers, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other professionals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program - protecting health care today and into the future.


“The Province’s new funding for the Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic will ensure greater access to primary care for 1600 new patients who currently don’t have a primary care provider, taking their total patient capacity to 4800. The LNPLC provides comprehensive care for patients by utilizing an interdisciplinary health care team model to meet specific community needs. I want to congratulate the Board, Management and Staff of the Clinic for their vision and dedication towards improving access and delivery of health care in our community. Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s continued commitment to meeting the health care needs of people living in Northwestern Ontario."

 — Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“I am proud of our Government’s ongoing dedication to improving access to health care professionals to ensure a positive health outcome for more patients. This increase to patient capacity and improvement to services help ensure more patients have access to effective and efficient care.”

— Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Our investment in team-based care will improve access to primary care for communities across the province who need it most. Patients receive better care when providers from all disciplines work closely with, and learn from, their health care colleagues. Caring for someone by combining everyone’s expertise can only result in better health outcomes for those who need and deserve the best health care."

 — Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

It is great that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has recognized this ongoing need for more primary care providers in Thunder Bay.  We are very enthusiastic to implement the expansion of our Nurse Practitioner-led clinic which will provide care to more patients and more options for all of our patients! 

 — Trina Diner, Board President, Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic


Ontario’s $248.4 million investment over three years in Interprofessional Care Teams includes $102 million to support the expansion of interprofessional primary care teams, and around $145 million for the recruitment and retention of dedicated health care professionals to support these teams.

$15 million will be invested in 2017/18 to create new or expand existing interprofessional care teams so that all 76 sub-regions across the province have a team.

This investment is in addition to the $85 million in investments in interprofessional teams in the 2016 Budget.

As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario also announced that it is making prescription medications free for all children and youth 24 years of age and younger, regardless of family income. Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs.


Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

2017 Ontario Budget

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