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Home and Community Care

On June 21, 2017, home and community care services and staff transferred from the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network. Home and community care services are now provided through Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). LHINs plan, integrate and fund local health care. We also deliver and coordinate home and community care.

As part of the Government of Ontario’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, this health system change was seamless in order to ensure uninterrupted care and support for patients and home care clients.

About The ESC LHIN

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) is one of 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in Ontario. The LHINs were established in 2006 to manage the planning, integration, performance, and funding of the health care system.

LHINs are community-based, non-profit organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan, fund and coordinate services delivered by:

As Crown agencies that work in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), LHINs provide leadership and accountability for the health care system at the local level and ensure that the health care needs of Ontarians are identified, coordinated, and addressed in a truly integrated system. Local accountability gives communities the opportunity to become involved in health care planning.

LHIN-Funded Health Service Provider

A LHIN-funded health service provider is defined as an agency that has a Service Accountability Agreement with the LHIN. This accountability agreement holds the agency accountable for delivering health care services to patients, clients, and/or family members and caregivers. 

Provincial LHIN Vision 

A health care system that helps people stay healthy, delivers good care to them when they get sick, and will be there for their children and grandchildren. 

Erie St. Clair LHIN Vision 

Better Care, Better Experiences, Better Value. 

Population, Demographic, and Statistical Information

Erie St. Clair LHIN
Is home to approximately 636,020 people*, or 4.6% of the population of Ontario. **2015

  • % population age 65+: 18.4%
  • In 2011, the LHIN’s population lived in
    • 45%: large urban population centres (population size 100,000+)
    • 25%: medium urban population centres (population size 30,000-99,999)
    • 11%: small urban population centres (population size 1,000 to 29,999)
    • 19% lived in rural areas (outside population centres* are classified as rural areas)

* Health Analytics Branch Socio-Demographic Profile by LHIN 2015 - Health Analytics Branch Environmental scan.
**A population centre (POPCTR) has a population of at least 1,000 and a population density of 400 persons or more per square kilometer, based on the current census population count.


ESC LHIN services the regions of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton and Windsor/Essex which includes over 640,000 people and supports an annual budget of over $1.1 billion for our local health care services.



Hospitals $660.1
Long-Term Care $220.7
Home and Community Care $140.5
Mental Health Agencies $41.6
Community Health Centres $32.2
Community Support Services $22.1
Addictions Agencies $10.6
Assisted Living Services $11.7
Acquired Brain Injury $1.5
LHIN Operations $6.2
Total (2015/2016) $1,147.2 (Billion)

* Dollar totals are in millions

Our Mandate

The Erie St. Clair LHIN’s mandate is to
create a local healthcare system that:

  1. Provides a seamless experience for the patient
  2. Leads to better matches between the services provided and the multiple needs of patients and families
  3. Makes effective and efficient use of the resources and capacity within the system