Capital Planning

LHINs and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) work together to oversee a number of health capital programs including general capital initiatives, own funds capital projects, Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) and Post Construction Operating Plan (PCOP) funding.

The bulletins below reflect the work of the MOHLTC/LHIN Capital Working Group that has been established to facilitate collaboration and partnership as the LHINs and the MOHLTC review health service provider capital projects in these programs.

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #7 - October 2011

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #6 - June 2010 

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #5 - December 2009

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #4 - June 2009

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #3 - February 2009

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #2 - October 2008

Capital Working Group Bulletin - Issue #1 - February 2008 

MOHLTC-LHIN Joint Review Framework for Early Capital Planning Stages

In November 2010, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and all Ontario LHINs released a new Joint Review Framework for early capital planning. Under this framework, LHINs play a critical role in advising on, and endorsing, the program and service elements of all capital projects in the early capital planning stages.

The new Joint Review Framework has been developed to fulfill provisions of the Ministry-LHIN Performance Agreement (MLPA), which requires local needs and LHIN advice to be considered in the review of capital planning submissions. It will place an emphasis on local health system needs as the primary driver for capital initiatives.

The framework was developed by the MOHLTC-LHIN Capital Working Group in consultation with stakeholders. The Capital Working Group will continue to work with and support stakeholders as they implement and apply the new Framework.

Health service providers eligible under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s health capital program include:

  • Public hospitals (including own funds projects as per legislation)
  • Community Health Centres
  • Community-Based Mental Health Programs
  • Community-Based Substance Abuse (Addiction) Programs
  • Long-term Care Supportive Housing Providers (typically supporting programs for the frail elderly, acquired brain injury, physically disabled and HIV/AIDS)

For additional information about the framework, click on the links below.

For more information about the Capital Planning Process in the Central LHIN, please contact Central LHIN at

Vaughan Hospital Services Planning

In fall 2008, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care awarded a capital planning grant to the Central LHIN to develop a Master Program for Hospital Services in Vaughan.  This was the first time that a local health integration network has been asked to conduct this type of health service planning.

Over the summer of 2009, under the guidance of a Central LHIN Stakeholder Liaison Group, many of our health service providers and other stakeholders engaged with us regarding the planning for hospital services in Vaughan.

During that same time, Mackenzie Health (formerly York Central Hospital) and Vaughan Health Care Foundation agreed to work more closely together, moving to restructure Mackenzie Health to include more proportional Vaughan representation and to enhance their collaborative efforts to build service capacity in the Vaughan catchment area.

Central LHIN's Vision for Hospital Services in Vaughan report captures the work done to date for Vaughan hospital services planning - including the 2008 Central LHIN study Service Needs Assessment for the Identification of Vaughan Hospital Services - and will be a valuable resource going forward as planning continues under the guidance of Mackenzie Health, which has been given a significant planning grant from the Ministry.