Barrie and Area

Barrie demographics

Top Three Accomplishments

  1. Launched the Seniors at Home initiative, which offered permanent housing with wraparound psycho-geriatric supports to 24 clients in its first year.
  2. Connected Sub-Regional Planning Tables with municipal and health services for a collaborative approach to local health system planning.
  3. Implemented a transitional bed program (operated by Helping Hands) to help alleviate acute capacity challenges.

Top Three Challenges in 2018-19

​Significant capacity challenges in acute care

The NSM LHIN has consistently demonstrated one of the highest Alternate Level of Care (ALC) rates in the province. ALC rates at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) have the greatest impact on the NSM LHIN regional ALC profile. ALC pressures at RVH have been historically challenged by limited access to Long-Term Care (LTC), with extensive wait lists and wait times. In addition, the Personal Support Worker (PSW) shortage continues to contribute to ALC pressures as discharges are delayed until personal support services can be confirmed in the home. There has also been significant growth in the Innisfil community, which has limited access to health services.

Lack of long-term care beds to support community needs

At any given time, more than 50 patients are waiting at home in crisis in the Barrie and Area sub-region for Long-Term Care (LTC)—in addition to the large number of ALC patients waiting in hospital for LTC. Barrie and Area was recently approved for an additional 80 beds. While the sub-region’s population demographic for people aged 65 and older represents only 14 per cent of the population total, the total number of seniors is the greatest across the LHIN at approximately 30,250. 

Lack of affordable housing and limited physical space to support housing options, including transitional beds

Stable housing is fundamental to positive health and wellness. According to the 2016 Census, Barrie and Area has a population of approximately 217,340, which represents 47% of the population of the NSM LHIN.  Affordable housing a growing concern in Barrie, with a vacancy rate of only 1.3 per cent (City Barrie) and average rental rates amongst the highest in Canada. Limited physical options for expansion of housing/transitional programs, combined with limited health human resources, continue to challenge system capacity.

Goals for 2019-22

Coming soon

For more information on the Barrie and Area sub-region, contact: 

  • Melissa Mei, Director, Barrie and Area Sub-region Planning and Integration
  • Anne Wolnik, Director, Barrie and Area Sub-region Home and Community Care
  • Dr. Monica Wolnik, Barrie and Area Sub-region Clinical Lead