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York Region Hospitals Receiving Provincial Funding for Repairs and Upgrades

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

RICHMOND HILL – York Region MPPs Steven Del Duca, Michael Chan, Chris Ballard, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Reza Moridi are proud to announce that 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 York Region, three hospitals will receive more than $1 Million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). These investments include:

  • Mackenzie Health $929,621
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital $82,444
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre $72, 622

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.

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“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

“Our government’s investment in critical infrastructure upgrades for Southwest York Region’s local hospital ensures that Mackenzie Health, which serves a population of over half a million people, continues to provide patients with a world-class health experience through improved access to quality care.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

“Our government’s investment in modernizing and repairing hospitals through the Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Fund will ensure our health care facilities continue to provide patients with safe, healthy and high quality care. Investing in health care is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario”

— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“This new funding through the Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Fund shows the province of Ontario is keeping its promise to put patients first.  These funds will allow for important upgrades and repairs, allowing the people working within them to keep their focus on patients.  I am proud to be part of a government that knows and understands the value of investing and supporting our health care system.”

— Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“I am pleased that the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will help ‎improve hospitals and maintain facilities which will result in better services for patients and families in Oak Ridges-Markham and York Region.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“Having timely access to high-quality care in a local hospital is a priority for residents of Central LHIN – which is one of the fastest growing LHINs with the highest absolute number of seniors and highest proportion of children in the province. Today’s funding announcement helps enhance our hospitals to strengthen patients’ health care access and experience.

— Kim Baker, CEO, Central LHIN

“Southlake Regional Health Centre would like to thank the Government of Ontario for once again being a beneficiary of the Healthcare Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This grant will assist Southlake to develop approved minor infrastructure renewal projects at our hospital.”

— Andrew Bernardo, Director of Corporate Communications

“Thanks to the Ontario Government’s infrastructure funding, Mackenzie Health will be able to ensure that our patient care environment and supporting infrastructure are in keeping with our goal to create an exceptional patient and family care experience.”

— Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health

“Investing in hospital infrastructure is critical to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our patients.  We appreciate the support of the government in providing us funding to invest into our organization and to be used for critical building systems.  Sustainable infrastructure is an important part of creating an effective health system for our community.”

— Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO, Markham Stouffville Hospital

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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