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Community Health Capital Planning (CHCP) – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

September 29, 2017 • 3 min read

Community Health Capital Programs Policy Operational Framework

The Community Health Capital Programs (CHCP) policy provides a unified approach for the review, approval and funding of community capital projects in Ontario by the ministry. The CHCP policy reduces the number of stages from six in the current model to four in the one for Single Provider and Integrated Facilities capital projects. The new capital planning and implementation process will address the key factors in the current process that have been identified by stakeholders and the ministry in delaying planning and implementation of community sector capital projects.

Under this new framework, the LHIN continues to play a critical role in advising on, and endorsing, the program and service elements of all community capital projects in the early capital planning stages.

Health Service Providers (HSPs) and organizations eligible under the CHCP policy for dedicated capital funding include:

  • Community Health Centres (CHCs)
  • Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs)
  • Community Based Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) Agencies
  • Public Health Units
  • Family Health Teams
  • Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics

There may be additional community HSPs not specifically named above which could become eligible for capital funding. Please see the Community Health Capital Programs Policy for the capital funding criteria.

Pre-Capital Submission and Stage 1 Planning:

To prepare the Pre-Capital Submission for a larger project requires completion of several Stage 1 planning elements (volume projections, program and service planning, current and future major space elements and space projections). Questions regarding alternative service delivery models considered in planning are also more efficiently addressed if this work has been done in a service delivery model/master program context; while the investment may be difficult to make, in our experience it proves to be less costly overall.

Community Capital Planning Toolkit

Community Capital Planning Toolkit components:

The CHCP — which provides a unified approach for the funding of community health care infrastructure projects in Ontario — already has a funding stream dedicated to community health projects involving integrated facilities. The new policy, adopted in expands the eligibility criteria to make funding more accessible for integrated service models.

The types of community sector Health Service Providers (HSPs) and organizations who provide direct service related Programming, and were specifically-named in the prior policy continue to be eligible under the CHCP policy for dedicated Capital Funding. These include:

  • Community Health Centres (CHCs);
  • Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs);
  • Community Based Mental Health and Addictions (MH&As) Agencies;
  • Public Health Units;
  • Family Health Teams, and
  • Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics.

The CHCP policy provides capital funding through 3 streams:

  1. Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF):
    Provides funding for ongoing repair and renewal needs of agencies meeting specific criteria relating to asset ownership and lease length, based on an assessment of asset condition.
  2. Single Provider Led Community Capital Projects:
    Provides funding for specific renovation or new build projects involving service expansion and/or repair and renewal based on an assessment of project benefit and risk.
  3. Integrated Facilities Community Capital Projects:
    Provides funding for projects involving co-location or integration of multiple community sector HSPs
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