Announcement of advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Services consultation

This week, the Ontario government introduced Jim Pine, as the advisor who will lead the Ministry of Health’s engagements with municipal governments and the public health and emergency health services sectors to strengthen and modernize public health and emergency health services.

In this Connected Care Update, Jim shares a message to the sector.

A message from advisor Jim Pine to the sector

To my municipal colleagues, health stakeholders and the Connected Care community,

Public health and emergency health services (EHS) play a critical role in the well-being of all our communities. I believe municipalities understand this and recognize the essential importance of public health and EHS to their residents’ lives.

Over the course of my nearly 40 years in public service, I have had the good fortune to meet many people who are devoted to providing high quality services to the people in our communities. When public services are properly organized, and the right tools are available, our communities are well served.

As we embark on our consultations, I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions that support the modernization of these key parts of the health care system.

Having devoted my career to municipal affairs and local service delivery, I’ve seen, first-hand, the benefits that gaining an appreciation and understanding of local needs and challenges brings to policy design and implementation planning. This is something that I am deeply passionate about and, in this new role, I am committed to ensuring these critical voices are heard and given the consideration they deserve.

In the coming weeks, I will be working with the ministry to develop a full consultation plan that will include the release of a discussion paper, and a schedule of public health and emergency service consultations.
I look forward to engaging with you as we strengthen public health and emergency health services.

Jim Pine

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In addition to Mr. Pine’s consultation work, the Ministry is always interested in hearing feedback from the public and broader health care sector. If you have thoughts that you’d like to share, please email us at