Resources for community surgical and diagnostic centres
Find learning materials that will help licensees and clinicians.
This information is intended for care providers. Learn more about community surgical and diagnostic centres.
As of September 25, 2023, the Independent Health Facilities Program became officially known as the Integrated Community Health Services Centres (ICHSC) Program. The ICHSC Program oversees the licensing of community surgical and diagnostic centres, formerly known as Independent Health Facilities. The Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023 (ICHSCA) and its regulations provides the licensing and quality assurance framework for the sector.
The centres are licensed under the ICHSCA to perform OHIP insured, low-acuity surgeries and diagnostic procedures in the community including:
- cataract and other eye surgeries
- plastic surgeries (OHIP insured)
- minimally invasive gynecological surgery
- birth centres
- routine diagnostic imaging
- MRI/CT and PET scans
- nuclear medicine
- pulmonary function studies
- sleep studies
You can contact the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Program by:
Ministry of Health
Health Insurance Branch
Integrated Community Health Services Centres Program
49 Place d’Armes, 5th Floor
Kingston ON K7L 5J3
- email: ICHSC@ontario.ca
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Becoming a community surgical and diagnostic centre
New centres are created through a Calls for Applications process, under the provisions of the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023 (ICHSCA). Future Calls for Applications will be publicly communicated on this webpage.
Once a call is issued, all details including eligibility requirements will be listed on this webpage and these details may change based on the type of services listed in the call.
Anyone interested in participating in a future Call for Applications can read through some of the requirements in the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023, Section 5.