Tests of Change Program Funding

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is providing up to $4.5 million in funding to support approved Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), In Development Teams, and other health care organizations that want to design and test a digitally enabled innovation that has the potential to improve patient access, experience, and health care outcomes. This funding is intended to support the health system recovery by transforming how care is delivered and building OHT digital maturity.

On this page:

  1. Provincial priority alignment
  2. Who can apply for funding
  3. Funding objectives
  4. Project requirements
  5. Proposal guidelines
  6. Supporting resources

If your OHT is interested in submitting a proposal to access Remote Care Management Program Funding, please review all criteria in the 2021-22 Funding Criteria document.

Provincial priority alignment

Proposals must align with one or more of the following provincial priorities:

Innovation Theme OHT Priorities
Population Health
  • Design a proactive program based on risk stratification for a population cohort e.g., mental health and addictions, chronic disease, or frail seniors)
  • Design upstream engagement strategies, such as a screening, prevention, and disease self-management program, for a target population
Next Generation Health Care
  • Increase patient access to the appropriate level of care
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • Transform care coordination, transitions and recovery at home
Person-Centred Digital Health
  • Enable patient self-management
  • Improve patient-reported experience and outcome measures

Who can apply for funding

  • Organizations that are members of an approved OHT
  • Organizations that are members of In Development Teams
  • All other health care providers and organizations who are not yet part of an approved OHT may submit a proposal that aligns with the program requirements outlined in the 2021-22 Funding Criteria document
  • Indigenous community organizations, including those serving First Nations, Inuit, Metis and Urban Indigenous persons

Funding objectives

The objectives of this funding include:

  • Supporting OHT-led projects that align with health system recovery and OHT development priorities.
  • Creating opportunities for health system innovators that are committed to transformative change.
  • Testing digitally enabled innovations that have the potential to significantly improve patient access, experience and population health outcomes.
  • Measuring and evaluating innovations against Quadruple Aim objectives to determine potential for spread and scale.
  • Facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange across OHTs and regions.

Project requirements

All successful proposals must:

  • Be led by an OHT, In Development Team or health care organization who would agree to signing a funding agreement with Ontario Health that includes performance targets and reporting requirements. See OHT proposal guidelines below;
  • Demonstrate alignment with one or more health system or OHT priorities outlined in Section 1 (Introduction);
  • Propose a new or enhanced program or service that involves an innovative use of technology, data, or clinical process re-design to transform health care delivery;
  • Provide a theory of change that describes what problem your proposed innovation is intended to solve (see Section 4 for examples). Applicants should include any available primary or secondary evidence supporting the change theory;
  • Provide one or more quantifiable performance measure and associated targets (see Section 4 for examples);
  • Provide a proposed 18-month implementation plan up to March 31, 2023, with key milestones for each project phase. See project implementation guidelines below;
  • Provide a proposed budget for FY2021-22 and FY2022-23;
  • Provide an estimate of the number of patients and caregivers that can be supported;
  • Be willing to participate in an evaluation;
  • Be reviewed, submitted, and endorsed by the OH region; and
  • Acknowledge that funding is only available for FY 2021/22 and FY 2022/23

Proposal guidelines

OHT proposals must demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

  • The proposal was developed by the OHT according to processes outlined in their Collective Decision-Making Arrangement(s) and submitted with the OHT as signatory (e.g., leadership council).
  • The proposal aligns with OHT priorities and OHT-specific performance indicators.
  • The proposed program involves an active collaboration between OHT members.
  • Funds will be flowed to and managed by a fundholder nominated by the OHT on behalf of all beneficiary OHT members.
  • The proposal aligns with ministry direction to In Development Teams, if applicable, (e.g., to join with other teams).

Supporting resources

Please review the following documents before completing and submitting a funding proposal:

If you have any questions or need more information about this funding program stream or the application process, please contact virtualcareproposals@ontariohealth.ca.

Last Updated: November 28, 2022