Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF)

Community Health Service Providers (HSPs) are responsible for planning infrastructure renewal activities to ensure that their facilities are in a good state of repair. Recognizing the need for the renewal of community health care infrastructure, the 

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care created the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) program. This program is intended to assist eligible HSPs in addressing renewal needs on a priority basis. 

CIRF provides funding for ongoing repair and renewal needs of agencies meeting specific criteria relating to asset ownership and lease length, based on an assessment of asset condition. 

The following HSPs are included in the CIRF LHIN Program Pilot Project for 2016/17: 

  • Community-Based Mental Health Programs; 
  • Community-Based Substance Abuse (Addiction) Programs (including Residential Treatment and Residential Supportive Treatment); and 
  • Community Health Centres (CHCs). 

Detailed criteria for eligibility for is outlined in the above 2016-17 CIRF Guidelines

2016-17 CIRF Pilot Project

For 2016-17, the ministry is rolling out the CIRF Program as a Pilot Project to LHINs based on the results of the Community Asset Inventory Survey. HSPs must use CIRF funds in the fiscal year the funding is provided towards approved Eligible CIRF projects. HSPs are not permitted to carry unspent funds forward. The ministry will recover any unspent funds in accordance with the terms of the CIRF Agreement.

The files below contain detailed information on the 2016-17 approval and reporting requirements, accessing and submitting necessary forms, and relevant LHIN and contact information.

Questions and Concerns

The South East LHIN looks forward to working with you to implement the CIRF initiative. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CIRF program, please contact Megan Jaquith at