Infection prevention and control resources

About the North Toronto IPAC Hub & Spoke Model

The North Toronto IPAC Hub & Spoke Model supports infection prevention and control (IPAC) programs across North Toronto in long-term care (LTC), retirement homes and congregate care settings.

This model aims to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, increase quality of life for staff, residents and families, and improve health system integration, coordination and planning between local, regional and provincial partners.

Contact us at northtorontoipac@sunnybrook.ca.

What is ‘The Hub’?

The Hub is coordinated by Ontario Health-Toronto and is led by the hospital IPAC clinical lead. Hub membership includes the hospital IPAC clinical lead (chair), hospital IPAC administrative lead, OH-Toronto IPAC coordinators, public health unit leads and ministry LTC inspectors.

Functions of The Hub include:

  • Strengthen/build regional/sub-regional capacity and resources by linking less mature settings to more mature/developed settings/expertise
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and expertise development among members including baseline jurisdictional (hub region/sub-region) scan and analysis of existing IPAC capacity and resources
  • Strengthen current partnerships and broker new ones
  • Share expertise and capacity for planning and response
  • Regular reporting for situational awareness
  • Facilitate operational IPAC supports for homes as needed
  • Escalate key issues
  • Chair accountable to raise issues to OH-Toronto regional coordinating table

What is ‘The Spoke’?

The Spoke is made up of home IPAC lead/super-user/champions and other personnel from long term care homes, retirement homes and other congregate settings in the assigned local area (can also include management).

Functions of The Spoke include:

  • Responsible for IPAC delivery in the congregate setting
  • Accountable for IPAC leadership in the home/congregate setting
  • Responsible for working collaboratively within the Hub and drawing on expertise provided

COVID-19 vaccine resources »


Preparedness and outbreak resources:


COVID-19 vaccination policy and module:

At Sunnybrook, including all satellite sites and our Veterans Centre, we endorse our new COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy requires all staff and physicians to make an informed choice about COVID-19 vaccination which includes one of the following three options:

1) Get your COVID-19 vaccination,

2) Provide approved medical exemption or

3) Participate in a mandatory education module that includes a signed declination COVID-19 vaccination form.

(Note that module linked above is only the view version. If you would like the source file to implement in your organization, please connect with the North Toronto IPAC team.)


Videos – Personal protective equipment:


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Aerosol-generating medical procedures:


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