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  • April 25, 2014

Enhanced Access to Physiotherapy for Seniors

Ontario Helping More Seniors Stay Healthy, Active and Independent in Peterborough and the Northeast Cluster of the Central East LHIN


April 24, 2014


As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is expanding access to clinic-based physiotherapy for seniors and eligible patients in Peterborough and the Northeast Cluster of the Central East LHIN.


The province is providing $1,415,232 to support the addition of the following seven new publicly funded physiotherapy clinics in the Northeast Cluster of the Central East LHIN in addition to the one existing publicly funded clinic located in Lindsay:


  • Total Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre – Peterborough - new
  • We-Fix-U Physiotherapy and Foot Health Centre – Cobourg - new
  • We-Fix-U Physiotherapy and Foot Health Centre – Port Hope – new
  • Closing the Gap Healthcare Group – Campbellford – new
  • Peterborough Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic – new
  • Lakefield Physiotherapy and Foot Health Clinic – new
  • Closing the Gap Healthcare Group – Lindsay – new
  • Lindsay Physiotherapy Services - existing


This new funding will provide access to physiotherapy services for approximately 4536 Episodes of Care individuals in the community.


Previously, seniors in many communities across Ontario did not have access to publicly funded clinic-based physiotherapy and waiting lists for in-home physiotherapy were too long.


Now, clinic-based physiotherapy is being offered to 90,000 additional Ontarians in more communities as part of the government’s plan to increase access to physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes across the province.


In addition, the province is providing funding to Community Care Access Centres to provide in-home physiotherapy to 60,000 more individuals and eliminate waiting lists.


Helping seniors stay healthy and active supports the government’s Action Plan for Health Care and its commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.












“This is an important investment for our community; more physiotherapy services mean more people in the Peterborough area and the Northeast Cluster of the LHIN will get the help they need to recover earlier from surgery, illness or injury.” 

— Jeff Leal MPP, Peterborough


 “It used to be that seniors in many communities in Ontario had no access to publicly funded physiotherapy. With the addition of these clinics, our government is helping more seniors and patients across the province stay healthy, active and independent in their homes.”

— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“The government’s plan will improve the availability of publicly-funded physiotherapy and is an important step forward in strengthening Ontario’s health care system. The Ontario Physiotherapy Association has advocated a long time for these reforms and we are fully supportive.”

— Amanda Smart, President, Ontario Physiotherapy Association


“Improving the availability of publicly funded physiotherapy for the residents of the Northeast Cluster supports the Central East LHIN’s “Community First” aim – “Help Central East LHIN residents spend more time in their homes and their communities” and will help create an integrated community-based health care system that can respond to changing demographics, financial challenges, updated clinical practice and new technology.”

--Deborah Hammons, Chief Executive Officer, Central East LHIN 




  • Ontario is investing $156 million annually to support enhanced access to physiotherapy, and exercise and fall prevention services to more than 200,000 additional seniors and eligible patients.
  • Eligibility for publicly funded physiotherapy has not changed. This service is available to seniors, youth aged 19 and younger, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients, and patients in need of physiotherapy treatment following surgery that required an overnight stay at the hospital.
  • There is no set limit on physiotherapy services. Patients will receive as many physiotherapy sessions as determined to be necessary by their physiotherapist in order for them to recover.




More ways the government is helping seniors to stay healthy, active and independent.

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