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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halton Receiving
Provincial Funding for Repairs and Upgrades

Investment Will Help 135 Hospitals Continue to Provide High-Quality Care

 

August 5, 2016 - Halton Healthcare will benefit from yesterday’s announcement that Ontario is providing $175 million in 2016–17 to hospitals across the province, which represents an increase of $50 million over last year’s funding. This will help to keep them in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.

Halton Healthcare will receive $672,722 this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). This will have a direct impact on infrastructure projects at hospitals in Milton and Georgetown, benefiting Halton’s growing population.

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. 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.

QUOTES

“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

“We are modernizing and expanding health care in Halton and this funding will help to ensure residents are receiving the high quality care they deserve. These important investments will allow facilities to provide patients with a safe, healthy environment. By supporting infrastructure projects today, we are helping hospitals meet the health care needs of Ontario communities in the long term.”

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton


"Meeting the health care needs of our community is a top priority for this government. Thanks to this new funding, residents in our community can continue to rely on receiving high-quality, accessible care close to home, in settings better-suited to modern-day requirements."

— Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville

“Through these new investments, hospitals in the Mississauga Halton LHIN will receive the support needed to provide the highest quality of care so that patients are cared for in safe, efficient and accessible facilities.”

— Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga Halton LHIN

“We are pleased to be receiving $672,722 this year for essential repairs and upgrades to our Milton and Georgetown hospitals. Proposed projects include brickwork repairs, replacement of air handling units, building automation enhancements, replacement of a hot water tank, and window replacements. Funding from the Ontario government’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund helps us to maintain our hospitals and ensures that our operating funding will be directed toward providing the healthcare services to meet the needs of our communities.”

— Lilian Scime, Vice President, Corporate Services & Diagnostics

QUICK FACTS

  • HIRF allocations are determined using evidence to support proportional renewal needs across Ontario, and to address emerging needs and exceptional circumstances.
  • Ontario’s health care budget has increased from $47.6 billion in 2012–2013 to a total of $51.8 billion in 2016–17.
  • From 2010 to 2014, the number of physicians in Toronto increased from 7,684 to 8,398 — a 9 per cent increase.
  • In the same period, the number of nurses in Toronto increased from 29,318 to 33,459 — a 14 per cent increase — and the number of nurses within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network increased from 19,977 to 22,770 — also a 14 per cent increase.

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Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

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