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 South-Weston, West Park Healthcare Centre will receive more than $1,711,000 this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
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
“I am pleased that our government has committed to a significant investment to improve West Park Healthcare Centre. These investments ensure the continued health, safety and high-quality of care that the people in York South-Weston deserve.”
- Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston
“West Park Healthcare Centre is grateful to receive this investment directed towards the improved infrastructure of our hospital buildings. With this money we are targeting projects that will help ensure the safety of all of our patients, in particular for those who use ventilators for life support, as well as improve access to services for both patients and their families. These projects are consistent with the Ministry's and TC LHIN’s strategic priorities as well as our own goals to enhance quality and patient safety while improving the patient and family experience.
West Park is in a redevelopment phase to build an integrated campus of care that truly models the way of the future for patient care delivery, education and research. Maintaining quality care while we develop our new campus is of the highest priority, and this investment from Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) helps ensure we have the resources to do that.
We would like to express our thanks to The Honourable Eric Hoskins, The Honourable Laura Albanese and the Toronto Central LHIN for their steadfast support of West Park and its brand promise to patients - get your life back.”
- Anne-Marie Malek, President & CEO, West Park Healthcare Centre
“A continued investment in hospital infrastructure ensures important health services are maintained and improved for Torontonians today and in the future. This priority funding for West Park Healthcare Centre will go a long way in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients to continue receiving high quality care.”
– Susan Fitzpatrick, Toronto Central LHIN CEO
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