Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has identified equity as a key component of quality care. To advance health equity and reduce avoidable health disparities between population groups, the MOHLTC has developed the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA). This practical decision support tool helps identify and address health impacts that a plan, policy or program might have on vulnerable or marginalized groups.

About HEIA

The Ontario HEIA tool was developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in collaboration with the province's Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Public Health Ontario. It incorporates international evidence as well as input gathered during regional pilots and conversations with health service providers. 

The HEIA tool is based on Health Impact Assessment (HIA), a World Health Organization tool. HEIA tools have been adopted in a number of jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. HEIA is also used and advocated by the WHO. 

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About this site

This website is hosted by the Health Equity Office at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Building on existing expertise and capacity, this site is dedicated to supporting and increasing the application of the HEIA tool to reduce inequities for access, use and outcomes of mental health and addictions services in Ontario.

Here, you will find a variety of resources, learning tools and the HEIA Community of Interest. If you are using the Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool for the first time, you will find our online course helpful. If you are an experienced user and looking for a specific answer, many of our resources may prove helpful.

The HEIA online course

Click here to access our free HEIA online course. Watch an introduction to the course by Dr. Kwame McKenzie: