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Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Minister's Patient and Family Advisory Council

Ontario is establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to advise government on key health care priorities that have an impact on patient care and patient experiences in Ontario.

The formation of a PFAC to advise the Minister on health strategy is unique to Canada. Feedback, input, and insights from patients and families will drive meaningful changes to provincial programs and help set the health care agenda in Ontario. And, because the ministry regularly engages patients from across the province in a variety of ways, the PFAC will help ensure ministry patient engagement efforts are coordinated.

The Council will have 1 Chair and 15 members, recruited using an open and transparent process. We were thrilled to receive a tremendous response to our call for applications - over 1,200 people from across the province expressed interest in being a part of the Council. All applications were carefully reviewed to ensure the Council reflects the perspective and health care experiences of a broad cross-section of Ontarians. The final selection of the Chair and members is currently underway.

Opportunities for Engagement

Many health care organizations across the province are currently seeking to expand patient engagement efforts in their work. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) or community health care providers to see how they can get involved.

The LHINs plan, integrate and fund local health care, improving access and patient experience. With the recent passing of the Patients First Act, 2016, each LHIN is now required to establish at least one Patient and Family Advisory Committee. You can learn more about getting involved by identifying the Local Health Integration Network in your geographic area and contacting them directly.

We also invite you to participate in an online survey about how you use the web to access health information and resources.

Please continue to check back here to learn more about opportunities for engagement with the ministry and across the province, and about other ways to be involved.

Learn More

If you have additional questions, please contact patientengagement@ontario.ca.

For More Information

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