02/06/2006

AMO Submission on Bill 36, Local Health System Integration Act, 2005.
AMO recommends amendments to the legislation that reflect the principles of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and recognizes the role of municipalities in local health matters.

Highlights of the Submission: 

The Government’s proposed LHSI Act, 2005 is broad in scope and does not recognize the municipal role on matters of engagement and decision-making in areas of municipal concern. Specifically, recommendations and decisions on integrating local health services lie with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Boards and the Minister of Health and Long Term Care. This includes services that are funded and, in some cases, delivered by municipalities. 

While AMO supports the purpose of Bill 36, recommendations were provided that we believe will act to strengthen the intent and objectives of the legislation.

The recommendations in the Submission also emphasize the role of municipalities as partners in decision making on areas within their jurisdiction as supported by the Province in the MOU.

The following are some of the recommendations put forth by AMO:

  • Bill 36 should reflect the principles of consultation of the Ontario-AMO Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Bill 36 should reflect the role of municipalities as responsible and accountable levels of government regarding health service programs and other related municipal programs, including child care, social assistance and housing.
  • Bill 36 should reflect the municipal role in local planning processes. 
  • Bill 36 should be amended to provide for municipal representation on LHIN Boards.