As of April 1st, the health unit is going to blend into an overarching agency.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed that next year the agency is amalgamating into a larger agency as part of Ontario’s restructuring of health services.

MyMuskokaNow.com spoke with John Challis, the SMDHU spokesperson, and he says “there will a change next year,” he goes on to explain that this is a result of the province reducing the number of health units. “The 35 health units will be broken down to 10,” says Challis.

According to Challis, Simcoe County is going to be added to York region’s health unit while Muskoka is going to be combined with the North Bay, Parry Sound, Algoma, Temiskaming, Porcupine and a part of Renfrew.

Those health units are expected to form what Challis called “a northeastern Ontario entity of some kind”.

MyMuskokaNow.com will have more details as they become available.