Ontario Health Coalition
Who We Are
The Ontario Health Coalition is a network of over 400 grassroots community organizations
representing virtually all areas of Ontario. Our primary goal is to empower the members of our
constituent organizations to become actively engaged in the making of public policy on matters related
to health care and healthy communities. To this end, we seek to provide to member organizations and
the broader public ongoing information about their health care system and its programs and services.
Through public education and support for public debate, we contribute to the maintenance and
extension of a system of checks and balances that is essential to good decision-making. We are an
extremely collaborative organization, actively working with others to share resources and information.
We are a non-partisan group committed to maintaining and enhancing our publicly-funded,
publicly-administered health care system. We work to honour and strengthen the principles of the
Canada Health Act.
Our members include over 50 local health coalitions in communities across the province; local health
action committees; health professionals’ organizations; physicians that support medicare such as the
Medical Reform Group; medical students’ groups that support medicare; non-profit service providers;
health sector unions; women's groups such as the National Action Committee on the Status of Women,
the Older Women's Network, Canadian Pensioners Concerned, Immigrant Women's Health Centre,
Voices of Positive Women; seniors' groups including the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens
Organizations, CAW retirees, the Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadian Network, low income and homeless
peoples' organizations including Low Income Families Together, Food Share of Metro Toronto,
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty; social service organizations; workers’ advocacy organizations;
ethnic and multiracial minorities; the Ontario Federation of Labour; and other organizations such as
the Canadian Council of South Asian Seniors (Ont.), the Association of Neurologically Disabled,
Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, Social Planning Council of Metro Toronto, Native Women's
Resource Centre, Aids Action Now, Birth Control and Venereal Disease Centre, the Canadian
Federation of Students (Ontario division), Oxfam Canada and the Injured Workers Resource Centre,
We are linked to the Canadian Health Coalition and provide provincial coordination of
community-based health coalitions.
Ontario Health Coalition
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305,
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8