Models of Care Innovation Fund

Call for Proposals

As announced in Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care, Ontario is building on the success of 9-1-1 models of care that are providing Ontarians better access to services by creating a Models of Care Innovation Fund. Eligible organizations can apply for funding to help their organization implement innovative ways of maximizing the skills and expertise of their current health care workers.

The Models of Care Innovation Fund will support:

  • projects that will allow for the right care in the right places; 
  • projects that will allow faster access to care; and
  • projects that will maximize the capacity and expertise of health care workers.

Who is Eligible to Apply for Funding

Leading eligible organizations are:

  • Health care facilities (e.g., hospitals, long-term care homes, home care providers); 
  • Health provider groups (e.g., family health teams, nurse practitioner-led clinics, etc.); 
  • Ontario Health Teams; and
  • Other health organizations and providers (e.g., public health units, mental health service providers, etc.). 

Note: Leading eligible organizations may partner with other organizations (e.g., educational institutions) on eligible projects, but as the primary applicant, they remain solely accountable for project execution.

What Makes a Successful Application

To be considered for this funding opportunity, eligible organizations must submit a completed proposal. 

Submitted projects must focus on in-demand and key growth target sectors linked to future oriented health care needs, to address and be responsive to regional demands.

Projects must fall under one or more of the following categories (in bold):

A. System and occupational integration of health human resources (HHR)

  • e.g., projects aimed at innovative use of team-based care, maximizing the scope of practice of HHR, and unconventional use of providers while establishing sustainable health care delivery methods

B. Projects based on partnerships between health care providers in sharing HHR:

  • within a sector (e.g., hospitals working together on a staffing pool concept)
  • across sectors (e.g., sharing HHR between primary care, home care, and acute care within a demographic region, encouraging health care partnerships and innovation)

C. Projects introducing support for existing HHR

  • e.g., formalizing roles for patient caregivers and empowering health care workers and providers, including students

D. Redesigning and implementing various methods of delivering health care services for a specific population or geography

  • e.g., for northern/rural/remote, improving patient access and convenience

E. Redesigning and implementing new ways of health care delivery by integrating technology to reduce the HHR burden

  • e.g., remote monitoring and virtual care, demonstrating innovative approaches, roles, and tools to maximize HHR and retention

Projects must focus on all of the following five requirements:

  1. Supports the three pillars of Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care (the right care in the right place, faster access to care, and iring more health care workers)
  2. Must have a sustainability plan (i.e., does not require further funding)
  3. Maximizes HHR (e.g., optimizes staffing)
  4. Exhibits innovation (i.e., new HHR configurations, roles, tools) 
  5. Measurable (i.e., can demonstrate results achieved)

How to Submit an Application

Completed proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2023:

  • by email to your relevant Ontario Health regional contact;
  • in PDF or Microsoft Word; and
  • using the email subject line: “Your Organization Name: Models of Care Innovation Fund Proposal”.

Applicants are encouraged to seek assistance from their designated Ontario Health regional contact if they have difficulty preparing or submitting electronic applications.


Designated Ontario Health Regional Contacts

 Region Contact for Submission
North East
North West
Last Updated: December 7, 2023