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'No compelling reason' for merger between Lambton, Chatham-Kent health units: study

Lambton Public Health
Lambton Public Health

There is ‘no compelling reason’ for a merger between Lambton Public Health (LPH) and Chatham-Kent Public Health (CKPH) officials say.

Findings from an independent consulting firm, Roving Capacity, were presented to both Boards of Health during their respective February 2024 Board meetings, LPH said in a news release, Thursday.

While both Boards of Health indicated that a merger between the two health units would be one of ‘equals,’ the study found “no compelling reason for the two health units to undertake a merger at this time.” 

“As such, both Boards of Health have decided to continue as independent health units embedded within their municipalities,” LPH stated.

“Participating in this process provided an opportunity for both health units to review their organizations, the relationships they have with each other, and the benefits of being part of their municipalities,” the statement added. “Going forward, both Boards of Health have directed administration to explore potential partnerships and increased collaboration between the two health units.”

Kevin Marriott, Lambton’s Warden and chair of the Lambton Board of Health added, “We are committed to prioritizing the health needs of the local communities we serve. We value the work of our municipally integrated public health units. Through this review process, we have affirmed a great deal about our shared communities of interest with Chatham-Kent and will continue to advocate for local connectedness and a visible presence in our communities.”

Voluntary mergers areone component of the Ministry of Health’s Strengthening Public Health Plan, LPH added.

“During the coming year, the Ministry will review and update the Ontario Public Health Standards and undertake a review of the current funding formula.”

For more information about the upcoming provincial changes to the public health system, please see the following resources:

Ontario Investing in a Stronger Public Health Sector, Ministry of Health

Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care, Ministry of Health

Strengthening Public Health, Outcomes and Objectives to Support Voluntary Mergers,


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