About our LHIN

The role of Local Health Integration Networks is to plan, integrate and fund local health care as well as deliver and coordinate home and community care. The South West covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million people.

Our name says it all

The South West LHIN ensures that LOCAL people -- health care providers and consumers -- help to identify health care priorities and solutions, based on local needs, wants, circumstances and expectations. The LHIN is responsible for ensuring the HEALTH of the population within its geographic area, by providing high quality health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. LHINs will, for the first time, involve Ontarians in the health care conversation. Another key word is INTEGRATION. The LHIN brings together organizations across the health continuum, from health centres and community care to hospitals and long-term care, to ensure that consumers get the care they need, when and where they need it. Ultimately, integration means a more efficient and effective system – and that’s important at a time when health care costs are increasing and our population is aging. By functioning as a NETWORK – a group or organizations and individuals linked by shared goals – the LHIN ensures that the health care system is not a frustrating labyrinth for consumers, but rather a clear path to improved health for all.

Working together from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula

The South West LHIN is responsible for engaging health care providers, consumers, volunteers and the public in the work that lies ahead. By bringing together publicly funded health agencies and organizations in our area, the South West LHIN will help to ensure a seamless continuum of high quality care for health care consumers and their families. The South West LHIN will be responsible for the accountability arrangements and funding of:
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Community support service agencies
  • Community mental health and addictions agencies
  • Community health centres
  • Long-term care homes

The LHIN works closely with-- but is not directly responsible for-- the funding of physicians, public health, ambulance services, laboratories, and provincial drug programs.

Vision, Mission, and Values


A healthier tomorrow for everyone.


Working with our communities to deliver quality care and transform the health care system.



We will treat everyone with dignity and kindness, valuing everyone’s opinion and perspective.

We will be fair, consistent, and transparent in all that we do and will follow through on our commitments.

We will be empathetic and recognize that our decisions impact people.

We will amplify the patient’s voice, challenge the status quo, and make the hard decisions.

We will be creative and embrace new ideas to respond to the changing needs of our communities.