Part of the Ontario Government's commitment to support congregate settings in building Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) capacity is the creation of resource networks. These networks are known as Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Hubs and involve the collaborative efforts of multiple health and social service professionals. There are currently 25 hubs being established across Ontario. The operational implementation and management of the IPAC Hub in the Porcupine region is being led by Porcupine Health Unit, with assistance and feedback from various community partners. The IPAC Hub also works with Ministry orders, directives, memorandums, and other guidance for congregate living settings, that can be accessed by clicking here.
The role of the IPAC Hub includes:
To access any of our IPAC Hub Team services, reach out to us via email or call: (705) 267 - 1181 ext. 2326.
For more IPAC resources specific to each congregate living setting, please click on a resource type below.
The 2022 Infection Prevention and Control Grant Program to your facility provides congregate living settings the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5000 per facility to enhance IPAC best practices within their agency.
The Infection Prevention and Control Hub was created to help enhance the knowledge, resources, and measures of infection prevention and control for congregate living settings in our community. For additional information on the creation of the IPAC Hub and services offered by the IPAC Hub, click read more.
IPAC recommendations frequently apply to multiple settings and health professions. This general resources page hosts many infection prevention and control resources that may apply to multiple congregate settings. Consult with your IPAC lead or the Porcupine Health Unit when unsure about implementing certain IPAC recommendations. Click read more to see a list of topics for general infection prevention and control resources.
Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes (LTCRH) have specific regulations and guidance set out by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for infection prevention and control measures. This guidance and regulation is tailored specifically to these congregate livings settings.
Supportive Housing generally refers to a combination of housing assistance and supports that enable people to live as independently as possible in their community. Supportive Housing includes facilities such as shelters, group homes, short-term accommodations, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and host homes. Infection prevention and control in supportive housing is a collaborative effort between the ministries of Housing (MHO), Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Community and Social Services (MCSS), and Children and Youth Services (MCYS), as well as support from other infectious disease organizations.
Other congregate living settings include Child Care Centres, Treatment and Support Centres, and Correctional Facilities. Each of these congregate living settings have specific infection prevention and control resources and direction from their associated ministries.