Frequently Asked Questions


What is the North West LHIN?

The North West LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services – hospitals, long-term care homes, community health centres, community support services, and mental health and addictions agencies.

What is the role of the North West LHIN’s Sub-region planning table?

Sub-region planning tables will help Health Service Providers and the North West LHIN to better understand and address population health needs at the local level. 

The role of the Sub-region planning table is to advance population-based planning, performance/quality improvement, service alignment and integration and implementation of LHIN-wide priorities in each of the five sub-regions: District of Kenora, Northern District, District of Rainy River, City of Thunder Bay, and District of Thunder Bay.

What is the role of a Sub-region planning table member?

The role of a Sub-region planning table member is to advance population health planning within each of the five sub-regions. Specifically, members will bring forward information and insights to better understand and address population health needs at the local level. 

Members will generally meet quarterly for a full-day, with more regular meetings taking place for the first six months. 

Who can participate?

Planning tables will include representation across the sector. To ensure the sub-region planning tables are representative, we are encouraging representatives from the following stakeholder/partner groups to submit an expression of interest:

  • Patients/family/caregivers

  • Indigenous representatives

  • Francophone representatives

  • Primary Care (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners)

  • Specialist Physicians

  • Hospital sector

  • Public Health Unit

  • Municipal Services

  • Home and Community Care

  • Community Support Services

  • Long-Term Care Homes

  • Mental Health and Addictions

Multiple representatives from the same sector are not to be submitted within a single Expression of Interest Submission. We will require sub-region stakeholders to work together, across each sector, to discuss the opportunity and submit one nomination per sector to ensure representation across the continuum – this is to empower stakeholders to pull together partners that are representative of the diverse needs of North Western Ontario.


How will Committee members be selected?

Members will be selected based on a weighted evaluation of the following criteria:

  • Health system experience (30%)

  • System planning experience (30%)

  • Sub-region community linkages (35%)

  • Commitment and leadership (5%)

A two-stepped evaluation scoring process will be applied:

  1. Independent Scoring
    • The total of all sections is added to give the overall percentage score

  2. Evaluation Panel Discussion
  • During group discussions, evaluators may determine a need for oral or written clarification on a response. Clarification may:
    • Be different for each responder
    • Address one (1) or more responses from a responder
    • A responder shall only provide additional information to clarify their original response; this will not present as an opportunity for a responder to change their response

How will the Francophone community be engaged?

The North West LHIN is working with the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario to identify appropriate representatives to be involved in the planning tables.

How will the Aboriginal community be engaged?

The North West LHIN is working with the Aboriginal Health Services Advisory Committee and other Indigenous partners to identify the most appropriate ways to ensure Aboriginal representation at the planning tables. 

Are members expected to participate in-person?

Meetings will be held in person in a geographically central location, with ad hoc meetings to take place via teleconference/Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), as needed. Locations will be rotated as appropriate. Members will be expected to attend in person for those that are scheduled as such.

Who is the best person for me to contact at the North West LHIN with the shift to sub-region planning?

Health Service Providers’ main point of contact should be the Sub-region Director and they will be able to navigate and connect them internally to the appropriate resources.  Though we will not discourage communication where relationships/communication channels already exist.

How will patients, families and caregivers be engaged?

Patient, families and caregivers are an essential voice at the planning tables. The North West LHIN will be evolving its approach to patient, family and caregiver involvement to ensure it is respectful and appropriate. Initially, the North West LHIN will be working with the newly formed Patient Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) to ensure that their efforts are aligned and the advice and feedback that is provided through the PFAC is brought forward to the planning tables. Over time, the North West LHIN will evolve to an approach that directly involves patients, families and caregivers in the planning tables through patient stories and eventually through ‘co-design’ on specific topics.