Ontario is providing $175 million in 2016–17 to hospitals across the province — an increase of
$50 million over last year’s funding — to keep them in a state of good repair so patients can continue
to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
In Simcoe County, six hospitals will receive more than $5.3 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). These investments include:
The government increased funding for hospital renewal from $56 million in 2013–14 to $125 million in each of the following two years. This year, the province will provide an additional $50 million in funding to help address the critical need for hospital repairs across the province. Across Ontario, 135 hospitals will receive HIRF funding to support crucial infrastructure projects to extend the useful life or improve the quality of their facilities. Projects may include upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, HVAC systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
Ontario also plans to invest $12 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 35 major hospital projects are now underway across the province.
Ontario is also increasing province wide funding to hospitals this year by more than $345 million. This is part of a total investment of $51.8 billion in health care — a 2 per cent increase over last year.
Increased investment in health care is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“With this new and important funding, we are working to ensure that we are building a health care system that delivers faster access today and a sustainable system that will be there for Ontario patients in the future. Making these necessary investments is part of our commitment to put patients first by ensuring that they get the high-quality health care they need — when they need it.”
– Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Hospitals in Simcoe County provide the best care to patients. Our government believes they should have high-quality facilities in which to do it. These investments will provide safe and comfortable facilities, and that means improved patient care.”
– Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie
“I want to thank Ms. Hoggarth for coming here today with such great news. Ours is an aging hospital, and the infrastructure dollars mean we are better able to keep up with the maintenance of it. This money will put a new roof on our building and we are also looking at replacing the more than 40-year-old windows.”
– Karen McGrath, President and CEO of Georgian Bay General Hospital
“I applaud the province for investing in all six of our local hospitals and health-care centres. These facilities not only support the well-being of our residents, but contribute to our economic growth and the social stability of our communities. Our county council continues to make significant investments in local health care, and I’m pleased that the province is also stepping up to support the needs of small-town, medium-sized hospitals.”
– Gerry Marshall, Warden of Simcoe County
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