The Ontario Home Care Association is an organization
of home health and social care service providers and serves as the voice of home care in Ontario. OHCA members deliver nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment in
the home. Ontario Home Care Association members are contracted by all three levels of government, Community Care Access Centres, insurance companies, institutions, corporations and private individuals.
Ontario Home Care Association has a 35-Year History of Providing Quality Care In Ontario
- The Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA) represents home health care organizations that provide home care services throughout rural and urban Ontario.
- OHCA members have been providing high-quality, accessible health care for over 40 years to both government-funded home care programs and individuals.
- OHCA members are contracted by all three levels of government, Community Care Access Centres, insurance companies, corporations and private individuals.
- Association members provide employment for approximately 30,000 Ontarians and are key providers in the delivery of community health care to an estimated 300,000 clients annually.
Access to Home Care Service Delivery in Ontario
The Ontario Home Care Association endorses:
- the principles of the Canada Health Act and the Canadian
health care system which delivers a range of essential health care
services available to all residents of Canada on the basis of need, not ability to pay.
- Ontario's goal - "to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America to grow up and grow old." (Ontario’s Health Action Plan, MOHLTC 2012)
- and advocates for, the funding and resourcing of a strong publicly funded home care delivery system in Ontario made available through public administration and delivered by the private sector. In this system, individual home care service plans are determined by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and delivered by the service provider organizations chosen by the CCAC.
- the contribution of home care service provision that is currently available in addition to the publicly funded and publicly administered home care system. Currently, in Ontario, all home health care providers offer home care service beyond the levels provided through the publicly-funded and publicly-administered system in order to respond to the growing needs of individual Ontarians.
- and believes that all home health care service providers must be held equally accountable to deliver the highest standard of care in the home.
Home and Community Care is Both a Publicly and Privately-Funded Health Care Service in Ontario
Ontario Home Care Association members are contracted by government, Community Care Access Centres, institutions such as hospitals and long-term care facilities and private individuals.
Publicly-funded home care in Ontario is administered by Community Care Access Centres (CCACs). For publicly-funded care the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is responsible for deciding who receives care, what type
and level of care they need and for how long. The CCAC case manager visits the client in the home and is involved at all times with clients' care. Providers deliver the care that is required by the client, as they are requested by the CCAC.
If a family or individual wishes to make their own arrangements (or
supplement publicly funded care), Ontario Home Care Association members
are able to assist (You can find an OHCA member in your area by clicking
Ontario's Labour Laws Affect Us All
All Ontario's labour laws (e.g. Pay Equity, Occupational
Health & Safety)
affect all home and community care providers
equally. OHCA participates regularly
with other home and
community care providers
labour laws and their effect on the provision
of home and community care in
Advocacy for Home and Community Care
Ontario Home Care Association is a leader in promoting provision
of adequate financial and other resources
for the home and
community care sector
in Ontario. OHCA participates
regularly, both federally and provincially,
in task forces, consultations and committees
approaches to policy
and funding issues affecting home and
community care service provision.
Building A Stronger Health Care System
For The Future
As key stakeholders in health care
delivery in Ontario, Ontario Home Care
Association members have an important
to play in
the on-going reform
of Ontario's health
care system. The OHCA's commitment
to excellence, accountability, and
partnership with all
health care stakeholders will
help to build a stronger
health care system for the future.
Ontario Home Care Association Members Are Committed To The
Highest Standards Of Care
OHCA represents over 40 home care organizations
which employ more than 30,000 health
and support service
All our members are committed
to the highest standard of service
delivery, and we're continually challenging
new and better
ways of providing
care for the thousands
of people who rely on our services.
Research and Development
OHCA supports the advancement of
research in the home and community
Network, the Institute for Clinical
(ICES), The Home Care Evaluation
and Research Centre, University
of Toronto and McMaster