In March 2009, stakeholders from the Windsor-Essex region formed a steering committee to begin exploring opportunities for enhancing regional health research capacity. This multi-stakeholder committee engaged a firm to assess the feasibility of establishing a health research institute. The study defined Windsor’s key advantages and strengths in health research, and assessed existing research capacity and needs to support growth and expansion. The study concluded that there was a significant appetite and unexploited opportunity for a collaborative and integrative health research enterprise in Windsor-Essex.

The report recommended:

Following a series of regional visioning days and consultations spanning a decade, in the Fall of 2018 an Executive Committee was established and tasked with putting plans into action, including creating a proposal for a new health institute. The institute would consist of four partners: The University of Windsor, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital. An application was submitted and was passed by the University of Windsor Senate in May, 2019.