Primary Care in the North East LHIN


Primary care is the point of entry to the health care system. The North East LHIN is working to strengthen access to primary care across the region to ensure high quality care when and where it’s needed.  Increasing primary care coordination is one of four priorities in the NE LHIN’s strategic plan, Click here to read our fact sheet.


Primary care focuses on services related to health promotion, illness and injury prevention, as well as the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions.

Primary care providers typically refer to family physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses working in solo practices or group practices such as community health centres, family health teams, family health networks, family health groups, family health organizations, nursing stations and nurse practitioner led clinics. Early in 2012, Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care noted that planning for primary care will be brought under the LHIN umbrella.

Dr. Paul Preston, a North Bay family physician, has been selected as the Primary Care Lead for the North East LHIN, effective April 2014. He will work closely with the LHIN to strengthen and align primary care planning and help build a more accessible system of care for Northerners.

Dr. Preston will continue his responsibilities as chair of the Blue Sky Family Health Team in North Bay and assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Primary Care Reform in the North East – We Want to Hear From You!

Click here to view the North East LHIN’s Primary Care Reform Proposal.

This draft document will be used to continue conversations with primary care providers in the North East on ways to improve access and coordination of care for Northerners. Engagements will occur throughout the region in the early part of 2016. In the meantime, please feel free to send us your thoughts at

Health Care Connect - Helping you find a family doctor or nurse practitioner

Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community. Find out more about the program. 

Facts on Primary Care in Northeastern Ontario

In Northeastern Ontario there are:
  • 538 primary care physicians
  • 1 Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie (34 family physicians)
  • 27 Family Health Teams (see full list of locations below)*
  • 6 Community Health Centres (Timmins, Kapuskasing, Greater Sudbury, Sudbury East, West Nipissing and Timiskaming)
  • 6 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (Sudbury/Lively, Sault Ste. Marie, French River, Capreol, Thessalon, North Bay)
  • 16 nursing stations (Argyle, Britt, Dubreuilville, Elk Lake, Fauquier, Foleyet, Gogama, Killarney, Matachewan,  Mattice, Missanabie, Pointe au Baril , Thorne, Whitestone, Rosseau and Moose Deer Point)
  • 3 Aboriginal Health Access Centres (N’Mninoeyaa Health Access Centre, Cutler; Noojmowin Teg Health Access Centre, Little Current: Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Sudbury)
Family Health Teams in Northeastern Ontario:
  1. Anson General Hospital - Iroquois Falls
  2. Blue Sky Family Health Team - North Bay
  3. Burk’s Falls and District Family Health Team -Burk’s Falls
  4. City of Lakes Family Health Team - Sudbury
  5. East End Family Health Team - Timmins
  6. Elliot Lake Family Health Team - Elliot Lake
  7. Englehart and District Family Health Team - Englehart
  8. Espanola and Area Family Health Team - Espanola
  9. Haileybury Rural and Northern Physician Group - Haileybury
  10. Kirkland Lake Family Health Team - Kirkland Lake
  11. Municipality of Assiginack - Manitowaning
  12. Northeastern Manitoulin Family Health Team - Little Current
  13. Parry Sound Family Health Team - Parry Sound
  14. Temagami Medical Centre and Family Health Team
  15. Township of South Algonquin Family Health Team - Whitney
  16. Wawa Family Health Team - Wawa
  17. Timmins Family Health Team (White Pines Family Health Network & Moose Family Health Network)
  18. Manitoulin Central FHT - Mindemoya
  19. NORD-ASKI FHT - Hearst
  20. Chapleau FHT - Chapleau
  21. Cochrane FHT - Cochrane
  22. Huron Shores FHT - Blind River
  23. Baawaating FHT - Sault Ste. Marie
  24. Superior FHT - Sault Ste. Marie
  25. Great Northern FHT - New Liskeard
  26. West Nipissing FHT - Sturgeon Falls
  27. Powassan and Area FHT - Powassan

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