Funding & Accreditation


SOAHAC’s services are funded by the organizations listed below:

  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
  • Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Ontario Ministry of Education, (Nshwaasnangong Child Care and Family Centre)
  • South West Local Health Integration Network
  • Community Support Services (through the LHIN)
  • Canadian Mental Health and Addictions
  • Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network

In 2006, the Ontario government passed the Local Health System Integration Act, which changed the way the provincial health care system is managed. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) divided the province into 14 geographical regions, and created 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to plan, integrate and fund local health care based on community needs. The services coordinated by the LHINs include community support services, community health centres and Aboriginal health access centres, Community Care Access Centres, mental health and addictions services, long term care homes, and hospital service.

All Health Service Providers funded by a LHIN are required to have a Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement, or M-SAA. This is a three-year service accountability agreement between a LHIN and a Health Service Provider. It is a performance agreement that assigns a measure of responsibility to the health service provider, and sets out accountabilities and performance expectations.


Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre is proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services. Visit to learn more about Accreditation.

SOAHAC last completed an accreditation process in January, 2020, achieving full accreditation for the term of February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2024. Undergoing this review process ensures clients receive the highest quality services and that our organization is healthy and strong.

Read the CCA Accreditation Review Final Report (PDF)