August 4, 2017
Ontario is investing in three community health facilities in Thunder Bay and Keewatin to help people get high-quality care close to home, in a safe, healthy and accessible environment.
Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, along with Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North announced funding today for local community health service providers to repair and upgrade their facilities, making them more accessible and enhancing quality of care.
Through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund the province is investing a total of $198,716 in the following facilities:
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is receiving $91,350 for upgrades to the hospitals Amethyst House HVAC system.
Changes Recovery Homes in Keewatin is receiving $107,366 for upgrades in accessibility and safety.
This fund is helping 68 community health service providers across the province to support crucial infrastructure projects, including replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
“By investing in community health infrastructure, we will help ensure that community health organizations can keep their facilities in a good state of repair, make them accessible, and continue to provide high-quality care, close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The physical plants of our hospitals provide a very underrated boost to the comfort and wellbeing of patients. With the continued funding from the province, I’m proud to see the quality of care Northwestern Ontario hospitals are able to provide.”
― Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay—Atikokan
“This announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to improving the patient experience with health care in our community. By investing in repairs and upgrades to community health care facilities, these necessary improvements help keep buildings properly maintained and safe for participants and staff.”
― Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay—Superior North
“We welcome the investment in community infrastructure which provides an opportunity for Changes Recovery Homes and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to address internal repairs and upgrades in their facilities. We would like to thank the Government of Ontario for this important investment that helps care providers to better serve the health needs of patients and families in the Northwest region.
― Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West Local Health Integration Network
Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) investments have increased 78 per cent from last year, up from $4.1 million to $7.3 million, which will support 68 communities across 85 sites province-wide.
Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs, including primary care, community mental health and addictions, allied health care (e.g., physical therapists, occupational and respiratory therapists, dietitians, speech language pathologists and audiologists) and health promotion (e.g., not-for-profit programs and services delivered by a public health unit).
Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario's total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
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