Repairs and Upgrades Coming to Northwestern Ontario Hospitals
Province Investing in Renewed Facilities to Deliver High-Quality Health Care
NEWS RELEASE: July 17, 2017
Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals in Northwestern Ontario this year with repairs and upgrades to the hospitals listed below, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
- Atikokan General Hospital $23,544
- Geraldton District Hospital $171,001
- Nipigon District Memorial Hospital $278,402
- North of Superior Healthcare Group $81,497
- Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. $285,853
- St. Joseph’s Care Group $534,483
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre $350,000
Funding from the province allows hospitals to make critical improvements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
The 2017 balanced Budget includes a new $7-billion booster shot to health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget. This investment will improve access to care, expand mental health and addiction services, and enhance the experience and recovery of patients.
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.
“These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future. By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“These infrastructure investments are important as they allow our hospitals to deliver quality care in modern, revitalized facilities while promoting overall patient wellness here in Northwestern Ontario.”
- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay Atikokan
“This funding provides an opportunity to address important infrastructure projects for hospitals in Northwestern Ontario, and to enable them to better serve the health needs of patients and families in the region. We welcome the new changes, upgrades and additions this funding will
help to make possible, and are grateful for the Government of Ontario’s continued commitment to the health and vitality of the region’s hospitals.”
- Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West Local Health Integration Network
“On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I'd like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this vital investment. Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services.”
- Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
- The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
- HIRF was established in 1999 to assist hospitals in renewing their facilities.
- 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.
- The government’s investment of more than $190 billion over the 13-year period starting in 2014–15 is the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history. It is helping to build new child care spaces, schools, hospitals, public transit, highways and roads.
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