Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, the city’s local health unit, will be amalgamated with three others spread across southern Ontario in a move a spokesperson told ThatGuelph on Monday would not bring many changes their local service.

“The delivery of public health services will still be at the local level,” Chuck Ferguson said in a phone interview, explaining that the “frontline services” will not change, only the administration.

Medical officers were briefed on Friday and the changes were shared with the rest of staff Monday that the unit will be combined into the Regions of Waterloo, Peel and Halton.

Identifying any changes coming to local services as it becomes part of the larger public health agency at this time would be “speculative”, Ferguson continued.

The changes are part of the Ontario government’s moves to move from the currently standing 35 public health units into a few “super agencies”, working with municipalities to make the system more efficient.

The amalgamation is made up of “proposed geographies and subject to further discussion with municipalities and impacted organizations”, the Medical Officer of Health and chief executive for the local public health unit said in a statement.

“There will be consultation on the proposed geographies and legislation will need to be changed to enable these new geographies to come into existence,” Dr. Nicola Mercer said.


Reporting by Eli Ridder. Originally posted May 13, 2019.