The OAN was formed to:
  • Establish a province wide coalition of community based organizations to improve the quality and length of life on those infected and affected by HIV disease.
  • Establish a just and effective response to AIDS in order to enhance the ability to continue to prevent the spread of HIV disease and for the benefit of the general public.
  • Educate the public about AIDS.

OAN Articles of Incorporation
August 13, 1993

The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) is a coalition AIDS Service Organizations and AIDS Service Programs who work collectively to provide a just, effective response to HIV and AIDS, improve life for people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and prevent the spread of the virus.

The OAN is a member-driven organization.  Since we were established (August 13, 1993), we have created a forum where members debate key prevention, treatment and advocacy issues. We create opportunities for people with HIV and AIDS and community-based organizations to share experiences and develop new skills. The OAN also works to give the community-based HIV and AIDS sector a collective voice.

Our members have used that voice effectively – to advocate successfully for funding for HIV and AIDS services, to actively promote the greater involvement of people with HIV and AIDS, and to speak loudly on issues that affect the rights and well-being of people with HIV and AIDS, such as income and housing supports for people with HIV.

History of the OAN

Since 1986 to OAN has grown to a membership of 41agencies, creating one of the strongest health movements in Ontario.