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Ontario’s $6.4 Million Investment to Expand Primary Care Teams in Southwestern Ontario

In a bid to bolster healthcare accessibility and provide essential services to underserved communities, the Ontario government has announced a significant investment of nearly $6.4 million. This investment aims to connect over 23,000 individuals to primary care teams in the London area, Lambton, and Chatham-Kent, as part of a broader initiative to connect up to 328,000 people to primary care across the province.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones, emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that every Ontarian who seeks a primary care provider can access one. With nearly 90% of Ontarians already connected to regular healthcare providers, this investment represents a crucial step towards closing the gap for those currently without primary care access in these regions.

The investment will support seven new and expanded interprofessional primary care initiatives, each tailored to meet the unique needs of its community:

  1. Indigenous Primary Health Care Organization in Middlesex County: New mobile services will provide support for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis community members.
  2. Indigenous Primary Care Services in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex: A mobile bus will deliver culturally relevant primary care services to Indigenous people in rural and urban areas.
  3. Expanded Family Health Team in London: Additional Community Hub locations will help connect vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, with trauma and violence-informed primary care providers.
  4. Expanded Family Health Team in Elgin County: Partnership with another Family Health Team and a Community Health Centre will increase access to team-based primary care services.
  5. Rural and Urban Clinics in Lambton County: New sites will focus on connecting isolated seniors, socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, newcomers, and refugees to primary care.
  6. Mobile Primary Care Services in Chatham-Kent: Services will include clinics for respiratory and diabetes management, cancer screening, and traditional healers for culturally appropriate care.
  7. Primary Care Service Expansion in Tillsonburg: Vulnerable and medically complex community members will be connected to comprehensive primary care closer to home.

These initiatives underscore the province’s commitment to timely access to primary care, which not only improves health outcomes but also reduces pressure on emergency departments and walk-in clinics.

The $90 million investment will see the addition of over 400 new primary care providers and 78 new and expanded interprofessional primary care teams province-wide. Additionally, $20 million will be allocated to existing teams to help meet increased operational costs.

This investment builds upon the government’s ongoing efforts outlined in the “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care” initiative, which aims to strengthen the healthcare system’s ability to respond to patient needs and expand the healthcare workforce.

Local representatives have praised the investment’s potential to improve healthcare access in their communities. MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, Rob Flack, stated that the investment will significantly enhance primary care capacity in the region, serving nearly 1,200 residents. Similarly, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton, Bob Bailey, highlighted the importance of supporting vulnerable and marginalized patients in accessing primary care services.

MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, Trevor Jones, emphasized the positive impact of the initiatives on over 23,000 Ontarians, emphasizing the government’s commitment to healthcare accessibility. MPP for Oxford, Ernie Hardeman, expressed optimism about the significant growth in primary care capacity in Oxford County, serving hundreds of residents.

Overall, this investment represents a significant step forward in improving healthcare access and outcomes for communities across Southwestern Ontario.


The investment announced by the Ontario government is a welcome development for communities in Southwestern Ontario, where access to primary care has been a pressing concern for many residents. By expanding interprofessional primary care teams and tailoring services to meet the needs of specific populations, the government is addressing critical gaps in healthcare accessibility. Initiatives like these not only improve individual health outcomes but also contribute to the overall well-being of communities by ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need, when they need it. This investment underscores the importance of prioritizing healthcare as a fundamental right and lays the groundwork for a healthier and more equitable future for all Ontarians.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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