Bridging the Gap in Funding and Access to CHCs


 

In October 2016, the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres released organizational research about the status of Community Health Centres (CHCs) across Canada.

While the findings further highlight the integrated model of health and social services delivered by CHCs they also reveal alarming gaps in the level of funding and support received by CHCs across the country.

94% of CHCs report significant operational pressures resulting from funding shortfalls. In some provinces, CHCs receive very little or no core operational funding. Moreover, the vast majority of Canadians still do not have access to a CHC in their community.

These major gaps in funding and access are preventing Canadians from receiving the high-quality, integrated health and wellbeing services they want. These gaps also prevent us from improving health and making better use of funding we already put into our health and social service systems across Canada.

Join in calling on governments to invest in CHCs to overcome these gaps. Please add your name to two petitions below:

  1.  to the Government of Canada
  2.  to your provincial / territorial government

 

Petitions to Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

MANITOBA


PETITION: Expand Access to CHCs

I call on the Government of Canada to establishing a federal strategy and funding for Community Health Centres across Canada.

Invest in Community Health Centres

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Sign Alberta Petition

I urge the Government of Alberta to invest in Community Health Centres for Alberta residents.

Alberta CHC petition

To: Honourable Rachel Notley - Premier of Alberta
To: Honourable Sarah Hoffman - Deputy Premier & Minister of Health
To: Honourable Brandy Payne - Associate Minister of Health

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to 1.2% of Albertans. I urge the Government of Alberta to adopt the following recommendations of the Alberta Association of Community Health Centres (AACHC):

1. Implement an annualized operational funding model for existing CHCs in Alberta that encompasses the package of team-based primary care, health promotion and community health services they deliver.

2. Invest in 10 new Community Health Centres throughout Alberta by 2019, increasing the percentage of Albertans who have access to a CHC from 1.2% to 2.5%.

3. Collaborate with AACHC to develop a longer-term strategy and timelines to meet the needs of all 20% Albertans who require priority access to a Community Health Centre.

Combined, these measures will go a long way to improving the health of Albertans and the strength of our health care and other social service systems.

cc:
Hon. Joe Ceci - Minister of Finance
Hon. Brian Mason - Minister of Infrastructure
Hon. Lori Sigurdson - Minister of Seniors and Housing

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Sign British Columbia Petition

I urge all political parties in British Columbia to commit to fair funding for Community Health Centres in B.C..

B.C. CHC petition

Hon. Christy Clark - Leader of BC Liberal Party
John Horgan - Leader of BC New Democratic Party
Andrew Weaver - Leader of BC Green Party

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been delivering integrated, team-based primary health care in British Columbia for nearly 50 years. As organizations that are responsive to the needs of the communities they serve, B.C.'s CHCs bring healthcare providers like family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, therapists and others out of isolation to work together in collaborative teams. Patients receive the right type of care, from the right provider, at the right time.

CHCs also take an "upstream" approach by integrating these frontline healthcare services with health promotion programs, social services, and other services like housing, employment support and others that prevent illness and build capacity by addressing people's day-to-day needs. They are an essential solution for reducing the burden on hospital emergency rooms and improving access to services in rural communities, as well as meeting the needs of a wide range of other groups throughout B.C.

Despite their role and impact, CHCs throughout B.C. face systemic inequities including long-standing gaps in provincial policy and funding. At a time when the B.C. Government is expressing the need to expand access to the type of integrated health and social services delivered by CHCs, it is unfair and unjust that our province's existing CHCs and the communities they serve are being systematically neglected.

I urge all political parties in British Columbia to commit to the following:

1. In 2017-18, establish a one-time emergency fund of $6 million to be distributed among British Columbia’s existing CHCs to address high priority operational gaps.

2. In 2017-18, establish a primary health care partnership table, with representation from BCACHC and other relevant associations/groups, to advance the province’s planning of primary health care.

3. By 2018-19, implement an annualized global funding model for all existing CHCs in British Columbia that encompasses the package of team-based primary care, health promotion, community development initiatives and social services that they deliver.

4. By 2020, invest in 20 new community-governed Community Health Centres throughout British Columbia to provide more British Columbians access to appropriate primary health care when and where needed.

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Sign Manitoba Petition

I urge the Government of Manitoba to invest in Community Health Centres for Manitoba residents.

Manitoba CHC petition

To: Hon. Brian Pallister - Premier of Manitoba
To: Hon. Kelvin Goertzen - Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well. CHCs are also a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in recruiting healthcare providers, ensuring continuous care, and providing a wider range of health and social services.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities in Manitoba, largely in the City of Winnipeg.

I urge the Government of Manitoba to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres throughout the province to improve health and health care for residents of our province.

cc:

Hon. Heather Stefanson
Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Hon. Cameron Friesen
Minister of Finance

Hon. Ian Wishart
Minister of Education and Training

Hon. Scott Fielding
Minister of Families

Hon. Blaine Pedersen
Minister of Infrastructure

Hon. Eileen Clarke
Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations

Hon. Cathy Cox
Minister of Sustainable Development

Karen Herd
Deputy Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living

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NEW BRUNSWICK

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NOVA SCOTIA

NUNAVUT


Sign New Brunswick Petition

I urge the Government of New Brunswick to invest in Community Health Centres for NB residents.

New Brunswick CHC petition

To: Hon. Brian Gallant - Premier of New Brunswick
To: Hon. Victor Boudreau - Minister of Health

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities in New Brunswick.

I urge the Government of New Brunswick to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres throughout the province to improve health and health care for residents of our province.

cc:
Hon. Ed Doherty - Minister of Service New Brunswick, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction and the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation
Hon. Lisa Harris - Minister responsible for Seniors and Long-Term Care, Minister responsible
for Celtic Affairs
Hon. Stephen Horsman - Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for Families and Children,
Minister responsible for Military Affairs

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Sign Nfld & Labrador Petition

I urge Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to invest in Community Health Centres for NL residents.

Nfld and Labrador CHC petition

To: Honourable Dwight Ball - Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador
To: Honourable Dr. John Haggie - Minister of Health & Community Services

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities in Newfoundland & Labrador.

I urge the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to invest in Community Health Centres throughout the province to improve health and health care for residents of our province.

cc:
Hon. Cathy Bennett - Minister of Finance
Hon. Sherry Gambin-Walsh - Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Hon. Eddie Joyce - Minister of Municipal Affairs
Hon. Dale Kirby - Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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Sign NWT Petition

I urge the Government of Northwest Territories to invest in Community Health Centres for NWT residents

NWT CHC Petition

Honourable Bob McLeod - Premier of Northwest Territories
Honourable Glen Abernethy - Minister of Health and Social Services

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities across Canada, including the Northwest Territories. CHCs are a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in providing continuous care and support for community members.

I urge the Government of the Northwest Territories to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres to improve health and health care for residents of our region.

cc:
Hon. Robert C. McLeod - Deputy Premier, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Minister of Finance, Minister of Human Resources, Minister with Lead Responsibilty for Infrastructure

Hon. Alfred Moses - Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Minister Responsible for Youth

Hon. Caroline Cochrane - Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister Responsible for Addressing Homelessness

Hon. Wally Schumann - Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Minister of Public Works and Services, Minister of Transportation

Hon. Louis Sebert - Minister of Lands, Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Minister Responsible for Public Engagement and Transparency

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Sign Nova Scotia Petition

I call on all Nova Scotia political parties to commit to fair funding for Community Health Centres throughout the province.

Nova Scotia CHC Petition

Hon. Stephen McNeil - Leader of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia
Gary Burrill - Leader of the New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia
Jaimie Bailie - Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia
Thomas Trappenberg - Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia

Community Health Centres (CHCs) are Nova Scotia's original "health homes". They are comprehensive health and healthcare organizations that deliver collaborative care and bring family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, therapists and other care providers together to work in interdisciplinary teams. Patients receive the right type of care, from the right provider(s), at the right time.

CHCs also take an "upstream" approach, integrating frontline care with health promotion programs, social services, and community health services to prevent illness and contribute to healthy populations. CHCs have been in operation in our province for over 40 years, ensuring comprehensive, continuous, and people-centred care in many communities. They remain a high-impact solution to many of Nova Scotia's most urgent health, social, and economic challenges.

Despite the strength and potential of CHCs in our province, the Government of Nova Scotia provides very little operational funding for CHCs and most CHCs in Nova Scotia face a serious funding crisis. In 2013, the provincial government made a commitment to establish a provincial policy framework for CHCs, but this has still not been developed and implemented.

I call on all Nova Scotia political parties to commit to the following four recommendations:

1. In 2017-18, establish a one-time stabilization fund of $4 million to be distributed equitably among Nova Scotia’s existing CHCs.

2. In 2017-18, establish a primary health care partnership table, with representation from NSACHC and other relevant associations/groups, to advance the province’s planning of primary health care.

3. By 2018-19, establish a provincial policy framework and implement core, annualized provincial funding for all CHCs.

4. By 2020, invest in 10 new community-governed Community Health Centres throughout Nova Scotia.

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Sign Nunavut Petition

I urge the Government of Nunavut to invest in Community Health Centres for Nunavut residents

Nunavut CHC petition

Honourable Peter Taptuna - Premier of Nunavut
Honourable George Hickes - Minister of Health

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities across Canada, including Nunavut. CHCs are a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in providing continuous care and support for community members.

I urge the Government of the Nunavut to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres to improve health and health care for residents of our region.

cc:
Hon. Monica Ell-Kanayuk - Deputy Premier, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Minister responsible for Mines, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Development Corporation, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Minister responsible for the Utility Rates Review Council

Hon. George Kuksuk - Minister of Culture and Heritage, Minister of Languages, Minister responsible for Nunavut Housing Corporation

Hon. Johnny Mike - Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for Qulliq
Energy Corporation

Hon. Keith Peterson - Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Financial Management Board, Minister of Justice, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Liquor Commission, Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Tribunal, Minister responsible for the Labour Standards Board, Minister responsible for Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission

Hon. Paul Quassa - Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, Government House Leader

Hon. Joe Savikataaq - Minister of Community and Government Services, Minister of Environment, Minister of Energy, Nunavut Chair of Hudson Bay Roundtable

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There is currently no provincial CHC association in New Brunswick

There is currently no provincial CHC association in Newfoundland & Labrador

There is currently no provincial CHC association in Northwest Territories

There is currently no provincial CHC association in Nunavut


ONTARIO

QUÉBEC

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

SASKATCHEWAN

YUKON


Sign Ontario Petition

I urge Government of Ontario to invest in Community Health Centres (AHACs, CFHTs, CHCs, NPLCs) for ON residents

Ontario CHC petition

To: Hon. Kathleen Wynne - Premier of Ontario
To: Hon. Dr Eric Hoskins - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Where they exist in Ontario, Community Health Centres are known by a few different names: Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs); Community Family Health Teams (CFHTs); Community Health Centres (CHCs); and Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLCs). Despite the impact and track record of CHCs across Canada and in other countries, they are still only available to a small fraction of individuals, families and communities throughout Ontario.

I urge the Government of Ontario to continue investing in Community Health Centres (ie, AHACs, CFHTs, CHCs, NPLCs) throughout the province to improve health and health care for Ontarians.

cc:
Hon. Chris Ballard
Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Hon. Bob Chiarelli
Minister of Infrastructure

Hon. Michael Coteau
Minister of Children and Youth ServicesMinister Responsible for Anti-Racism

Hon. Dipika Damerla
Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services

Hon. Deb Matthews
Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Hon. Reza Moridi
Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

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Signez la pétition

Je recommande au gouvernement du Québec de réinvestir de nouveau dans les CSC/CLSC au Québec.

Pétition au gouvernement du Québec

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Sign PEI Petition

I urge the Government of Prince Edward Island to invest in Community Health Centres for PEI residents

PEI CHC petition

Honourable Wade MacLauchlan - Premier of Prince Edward Island
Honourable Robert Henderson - Minister of Health and Wellness

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities across Canada, including PEI. CHCs are a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in providing continuous care and support for community members.

I urge the Government of Prince Edward Island to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres to improve health and health care for residents of our province.

cc:
Hon. Richard E. Brown - Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning
Hon. Doug W. Currie - Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Hon. J. Alan McIsaac - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Hon. Allen F. Roach - Minister of Finance
Hon. Paula J. Biggar - Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
Hon. Robert J. Mitchell - Minister of Communities, Land and Environment
Hon. J. Heath MacDonald - Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
Hon. Tina M. Mundy - Minister of Family and Human Services

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Sign Saskatchewan Petition

I urge the Government of Saskatchewan to invest in Community Health Centres for SK residents.

Saskatchewan CHC petition

To: Hon. Brad Wall - Premier of Saskatchewan
To: Hon. Jim Reiter - Minister of Health
To: Hon. Greg Ottenbreit - Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well. CHCs are a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in recruiting healthcare providers, ensuring continuous care, and providing a wider range of health and social services.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities in Saskatchewan.

I urge the Government of Saskatchewan to invest in existing and new Community Health Centres throughout the province to improve health and health care for residents of our province.

cc:
Hon. Kevin Doherty
Minister of Finance

Hon. Donna Harpauer
Minister of Government Relations, Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs

Hon. David Marit
Minister of Highways and Infrastructure

Hon. Tina Beaudry-Mellor
Minister of Social Services, Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Hon. Don Morgan
Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board

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Sign Yukon Petition

I urge the Yukon Government to invest in Community Health Centres for Yukon residents.

Yukon CHC petition

Hon. Sandy Silver - Premier of Yukon
Hon. Pauline Frost - Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister of Environment

Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been called “Medicare’s best kept secret”. They provide a triple bottom line solution: improved individual health, improved community and population health, and more cost-effective healthcare and social service systems.

CHCs provide health care through a team approach where nurse practitioners, family physicians, nurses, counselors, and other care providers ensure that people receive the timely care they need. They also integrate these care services with a wide-range of health promotion programs, social services, and community health initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities prevent illness and stay well.

Despite their impact and track record in Canada and other countries, Community Health Centres are still only available to a fraction of individuals, families and communities across Canada, including the Yukon. CHCs are a particularly valuable resource for rural and remote communities where there are increased challenges in recruiting healthcare providers, ensuring continuous care, and providing a wider range of health and social services.

I urge the Yukon Government to commit to investing in existing and new Community Health Centres to improve health and health care for residents of our region.

cc:
Hon. John Streicker
Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for French Language Services Directorate

Hon. Jeanie Dendys
Minister of Tourism and Culture and Minister responsible for Women’s Directorate

Stacey Hassard
Leader of the Official Opposition

Liz Hanson
Leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party

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Il n’y a actuellement aucune association CSC/CLSC provinciale au Québec

There is currently no provincial CHC association on PEI

There is currently no provincial CHC association in Saskatchewan

There is currently no provincial CHC association in the Yukon

For Community Health Centres

It’s important for Members of Parliament, Members of provincial legislatures, and municipal governments to hear directly from Community Health Centres at a local level.

We strongly encourage your Community Health Centre to write to your Member(s) of Parliament to help them better understand your organization as well as the diverse operational and/or capital pressures your CHC faces in meeting demand for your services and local needs. You can find your MP and MLA/MPP using the links below.

We have the following tools to help:

Did You Know?

In 1972, a study commissioned by the Government of Canada recommended investment in a full network of Community Health Centres across Canada. Learn about the Hastings Commission Report.

Did You Know?

Community Health Centres can be found in many parts of the world and are now represented at the global level by the International Association of Community Health Centres. CACHC is the current IFCHC Secretariat.

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