Quality of Life


Health Care Services

Who Pays?

In Canada, universal health-care coverage is provided for all medically-necessary hospital and physician services, without co-payments. In other words, a trip to the emergency room or other hospital ward will cost you nothing.

New Hospital

With the building of the new, $400-million Sault Area Hospital, the level and quality of health care in Sault Ste. Marie is among the best in all of Canada. Welcoming its first patients in early-2011, the state-of-the-art facility features the following amenities:

  • Ambient experience MRI, large bore 16 slice CT scan, two angiography units, five new ultrasound units and much more
  • Wireless networks and infrastructure
  • Enhanced patient monitoring systems
  • Patient bedside computers in all patient room
  • 291-beds in an easily accessible, three-level complex, close to long-term care facilities
  • Radiation therapy will be offered as a treatment for some forms of cancer, resulting in fewer trips to other hospitals to receive care
  • Plenty of natural light and windows throughout the building
  • Three beautiful courtyards for patients and visitors
  • Temperature controlled environment with modern heating and cooling systems

Group Health Centre

As Ontario's largest and longest established alternatively funded health-care organization, the Group Health Centre serves more than 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District residents. The centre is a progressive, multi-specialty, ambulatory care health organization and is one of Canada's first consumer-sponsored health care facilities built with private funds donated by local union members.

Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

With family doctors sometimes hard to come by, the Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is a new primary health care delivery model in which Nurse Practitioners are the lead providers of primary health care.

The Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, located at Sault College, has the capacity to take on 3,200 patients.