Your Local Health Integration Network
Over the past decade, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has worked to significantly improve the quality and availability of local health care. Now, we’re focused on making it easier. Easier for you to be healthy. Easier for you to get the care and support you need. Easier for you and your family to live the healthiest lives possible.
From prenatal to end-of-life, and everything in between, we make it easy for you to be healthy, and to get the care and support you need.
How we make it easier
We connect you with care, at home and in the community, and better connect your health system together to improve your care experience.
We listen to you and your care team and invest $1.1 billion annually in the local health services you need. This includes hospital care, long-term care, mental health & addictions, home & community care, community support services, and primary care (your family doctor or nurse practitioner). We then hold these providers accountable to ensure quality care and value for your money.
We also work closely with public health to prevent illness and improve the health of all residents, helping more people to have equitable care experiences regardless of gender, location, socioeconomic status, and more. This especially includes our local Francophone, Indigenous, and newcomer residents.
We are a community leader - working together with police services, municipalities, school boards, businesses, associations, and others to improve the overall health and wellbeing of residents across Waterloo Wellington.
We are a team of nurses, doctors, and other health and business professionals, passionately committed to delivering exceptional care and improving the patient experience.
We are your Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.
The LHINs assumed responsibility for health system management within their designated boundaries on April 1, 2007. More background is available in the Local Health System Integration Act 2006 or you can also read about the Value of LHINs. As a crown agency, the WWLHIN operates on the provincial fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Financial information related to the WWLHIN can be found in the WWLHIN Annual Reports.
Communities We Serve
The WWLHIN serves approximately 775,000 residents in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, the City of Guelph, and the southern part of Grey County. This covers approximately 4,800 square kilometers, stretching from Proton Station in the north to Ayr in the south, Clifford at the most westerly point and Erin to the east. It also encompasses the major urban centers of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, and Guelph. 90% of our geography is rural, and 90% of our population lives in urban areas.
The WWLHIN's 775,000 residents included the following population demographics:
- 10,185 residents who self-identify as Aboriginal
- 15,515 residents who report French as their mother tongue
- 146,560 residents who are immigrants
- 110, 755 residents who are over the age of 65
The WWLHIN includes all of the following communities:
- Eden Mills
- Glen Allan
- Little Lake
- Mount Forest
- New Dundee
- New Hamburg
- St. Agatha
- St. Clements
- St. Jacobs
- Swinton Park
- West Montrose
Our Community Profile
The WWLHIN is home to approximately 775,000 people, 5.7% of the population of Ontario. Since 2007, the WWLHIN’s population has increased, on average, by 1.2% each year. The population of Ontario increased by 1.1% annually during this same period of time. The WWLHIN has a relatively young population with 87% of residents under the age of 65 years.
Although over 20% of the population of Waterloo Wellington are immigrants and 11.7% cent are visible minorities, these percentages are lower than the provincial averages. Approximately 1.2% of WWLHIN residents self-identify as Aboriginal and 2% of the population is French-speaking.
Both the unemployment and low income rates in Waterloo Wellington are lower than provincial rates. 58% of adults (age 25+) have attained post-secondary education credentials.
Our Health Profile
The health of residents in Waterloo Wellington is measured by a number of different health indicators. These indicators are compared to provincial averages to determine how healthy residents are compared to the rest of the province.
Life expectancy among males and females in Waterloo Wellington is similar to life expectancy for Ontario. The percentage of newborns classified as “small for gestational age” was less than the provincial average, while the percentage classified as “large for gestational age” was slightly higher. This is important because low birth weight is a determinant of infant health.
Self-reported health, an indicator of overall health status, can reflect aspects of health not captured in other measures, and Waterloo Wellington residents are more likely than Ontarians to rate their overall health as “Excellent” or “Good”.
Poor health practices are related to increased risk of chronic conditions, mortality and disability. Examples of poor health practices are smoking (20.3% of residents smoke), not eating well (only 37.5% report eating the recommended number of healthy foods), and not exercising (56.7% report being physically active). More than 50% of residents report that they are overweight or obese.
The chronic conditions with the highest mortality rates in Waterloo Wellington are cancer, ischemic heart disease, and stroke.