Addictions & Mental Health Ontario

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) represents over 220 addictions and mental health service and support providers across Ontario. As the collective voice of our members, we provide leadership and engage partners to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addictions and mental health care, and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario.

Adrienne Spafford, Chief Executive Officer
970 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 500 Toronto M6A 3B6
Tel: (416) 490-8900
Fax: (416) 490-8902

The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa)

alPHA is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to the 36 boards of health and public health units in Ontario. Our members include board of health members, medical and associate medical officers of health, and senior public health managers in each of the public health disciplines - nursing, inspections, nutrition, dentistry, health promotion, epidemiology and business administration.

alPHa advises and lends expertise to members on the governance, administration and management of health units. The Association also collaborates with governments and other health organizations, advocating for a strong, effective and efficient public health system in the province. Through policy analysis, discussion, collaboration, and advocacy, alPHa members and staff act to promote public health policies that form a strong foundation for the improvement of health promotion and protection, disease prevention and surveillance services in all of Ontario's communities.


 Association of Local Public Health Agencies

Loretta Ryan, Executive Director  
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1306, Toronto M5B 1J3
Tel: 416-595-0006 Ext. 22
Fax: 416-595-0030
Email Website:


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) works toward a single mission: to make mental health possible for all. The vision of CMHA Ontario is a society that believes mental health is the key to well-being. CMHA Ontario works closely with 30 local branches in communities across the province to ensure the quality delivery of services in the areas of mental health, addictions, dual diagnosis and concurrent disorders. Through policy formulation, analysis and implementation, agenda setting, research, evaluation and knowledge exchange, we work to improve the lives of people with mental health and addictions conditions and their families.

Camille Quenneville, Chief Executive Officer
180 Dundas Street W., Suite 2301, Toronto ON  M5G 1Z8
Tel: (416) 977-5580 Ext. 4126
Fax: (416) 977-2264
Email: Camille Quenneville Website: 


Home Care Ontario (HCO)

Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in Ontario™, is a member-based organization with a mandate to promote growth and development of the home care sector through advocacy, knowledge transfer, and member service. Home Care Ontario members include those engaged in and/or supportive of homebased health care. In Ontario, Home Care Providers are responsible for providing nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 58 million hours of publicly and privately purchased home care service is provided annually across the province.

Home Care Ontario is a leader in advocating for adequate financial support for the home and community care sector in Ontario. Home Care Ontario participates regularly, both federally and provincially, in task forces, consultations and committees in order to develop consistent approaches to policy and funding issues affecting home and community care service provision.

Sue VanderBent, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 68018 Blakely RPO
Hamilton, Ontario L8M 3M7
Tel: (905) 543-9474 Fax: (905) 545-1568

Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories (OAML)

OAML represents the independently owned, community-based laboratory sector in Ontario. Its mission is to promote excellence in the provision of laboratory services and to contribute to shaping the future of health care in Ontario.  The community laboratory sector performs over 50% of the laboratory testing in the province.  These laboratory test results are used by health care practitioners to support effective clinical decision-making and to enhance patient outcomes.  

Paul Gould, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 1802, 5000 Yonge Street
North York, Ontario M2N 7E9
Tel:    416-250-8555
Fax:   416-250-8464
Web Site:  


AdvantAGE Ontario

OANHSS, whose goal is to provide services that enhance dignity and independence of older adults in Ontario, represents municipal and charitable homes for the aged, non-profit nursing homes, seniors' housing and supportive housing, and community services for seniors.

Lisa Levin, Chief Executive Officer
7050 Weston Road, Suite 700, Woodbridge ON L4L 8G7
Tel: (905) 851-8821 Ext. 230
Fax: (905) 851-0744
Email: Lisa Levin Website:


Ontario Community Support Associations - OCSA

Across the province each year, over one million people receive home care and community support services – and the need is growing. The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) champions a strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians. Our not-for-profit, community-based member organizations provide a wide variety of health and wellness services which help a full range of clients, including seniors and people with disabilities, remain independent in their own homes and communities. These compassionate and cost-effective services improve quality of life and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room visits and premature institutionalization. They are the key to a sustainable health care system for Ontario.

A respected leader for over 20 years, OCSA advocates on behalf of our members and their clients to government and other stakeholders. OCSA also creates partnerships, facilitates knowledge sharing, and offers training, resources and benefits that enable our members to continue to provide vital services.

Deborah Simon, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 104, 970 Lawrence Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario   M6A 3B6
Tel:    416-256-3010
Fax:   416-256-3021
Email: Deborah Simon
Web Site: 

The Ontario Home Respiratory Services Association (OHRSA)

As the recognized voice of the home respiratory industry in Ontario, OHRSA promotes the highest standard of home respiratory care across the province of Ontario.

OHRSA represents home respiratory service providers that provide respiratory home care to more than 23,000 residents and deliver the vast majority of respiratory serviced funded under the Assistive Devices Program. The services we provide include: 

  • Home oxygen therapy.
  • Positive airway pressure therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Assistance to patients with complex respiratory conditions.
  • Aerosol therapy.

Our members have a strong record of delivering cost effective, quality home care services that support individuals to stay at home, maintain their independence and mobility; and providing optimum patient care and management.

Mario Tino, Strategic Advisor
55 University Avenue, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H7
Tel:     416-644-4975
Fax:    416-961-9935
Email: Mario Tino
Web Site: 


Ontario Hospital Association

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians. We support the full diversity of our membership by delivering high-quality products and services, by advancing and influencing health system policy in Ontario and by championing innovation and performance improvements.

 The OHA has over 580 members, which includes approximately 145 hospital members, as well as over 430 associate and affiliate members -- organizations from across Canada's healthcare sector, and one international member.

 To learn more about the OHA, visit

Shabnum Durrani
Ontario Hospital Association
200 Front Street West, Suite 2800
Toronto, OntarioM5V 3L1
Tel: 416-205-1452
Fax: 416-205-1392

Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)

The Ontario Long Term Care Association is the largest association of long-term care providers in Canada and the only association that represents the full mix of long-term care operators – private, not-for-profit, charitable, and municipal. We represent nearly 70% of Ontario’s 630 long-term care homes, located in communities across the province. Our members provide care and accommodation services to more than 70,000 residents annually.

The Association works to promote safe, quality long-term care to Ontario’s seniors. We strive to lead the sector in innovation, quality care and services, building excellence in long-term care through leadership, analysis, advocacy and member services. Over the course of its history, the Ontario Long Term Care Association has developed a strong tradition of using a solutions-oriented approach to advance the delivery of the care and services to meet the changing needs of Ontario's long-term care residents.

Our vision is that all residents receive safe, quality care and live in an environment that engages abilities, respects their humanity, and promotes their comfort and well-being.

Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 301, 345 Renfrew Drive
Markham, OntarioL3R 9S9
Tel:     905-470-8995
Fax:    905-470-9595
Email: Candace Chartier
Web Site:

Ontario Pharmacists Association

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is the largest advocacy organization, continuing education, and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals in Canada. We are dedicated to working on behalf of patients, pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians across the province to evolve the practice of pharmacy and advocate for the highest standards of professional excellence and fair compensation.We believe that by leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, by enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and by making them more accessible to all Ontarians, we will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the province’s healthcare system.

Our mission is to enable and inspire our members and the profession by evolving the practice of pharmacy, advocating for professional excellence, and providing the innovative tools, education, and services needed to deliver high-quality patient-focused care.  We envision a province with a collaborative healthcare system, where all Ontarians trust, utilize and support the role of pharmacists and pharmacy services as integral parts of their everyday health and wellness.

Membership and structure

Our membership includes more than 9,500 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians working in a variety of settings and roles. We also have more than 2,700 drug information subscribers and close to 2,500 continuing education participants each year.

Bill Wilson, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Suite 600, 155 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario  M5H 3B7
Tel: 416-441-0788
Fax: 416-441-0791
Email: Bill Wilson
Web Site:

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO)

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses,  nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated

for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

Doris Grinspun, Chief Executive Officer
158 Pearl Street
Toronto, OntarioM5H 1L3
Tel:    416-408-5629
Fax:   416-907-7962
Email:   Doris Grinspun
Web Site:


Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth is a national health care provider that has been opening the door to new possibilities and care experiences for more than a century. Recognized as Canada’s largest social enterprise, we employ 8,000 people and visit 18,000 clients every day. With Elizz, our breakthrough brand dedicated to all things caregiving, we are bringing fresh thinking, exceptional services and positive change to caregivers nationally. Through the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre, our Health Career Colleges and the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, we are helping to make the future of health care brighter and stronger. Learn more at or find us on social media.

Shirlee Sharkey, President & CEO
Suite 300, 90 Allstate Parkway
Markham, OntarioL3R 6H3
Tel:    905-940-9655 Ext 4242
Fax:   905-940-9934
Email: Shirlee Sharkey
Web Site:


Victorian Order of Nurses – VON

VON (Canada) is a national non-profit, charitable organization that provides leadership in community-based care; delivery of innovative, comprehensive health and social services and influences the development of health and social policy. 


Andrew Ward, District Executive Director, Erie St. Claire District
4520 Rhodes Drive, Suite 400
Windsor, ON N8W 5C2
Tel: 1-519-254-4866 ext. 6229 Cell: 226-626-4416
Email: Website: