Ontario investing $2,012,386 in health care infrastructure upgrades and repairs in Niagara.
The Ontario government is investing $2,012,386 to support critical upgrades and repairs at hospitals and community health service providers in Niagara. This funding is part of the government's investment of over $182 million provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund to 131 hospitals and 65 community health service providers across the province.
Niagara Health will receive $1,308,967 while Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre will receive $605,237 in provincial support for the 22-23 fiscal year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
The Oak Centre in Welland will receive $41,576, Arid Recovery Homes in Fort Erie will receive $27,503 and Wayside House of St. Catharines will receive $29,103 through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
Across the province, Ontario is providing $175 million to hospitals through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and over $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
"These key investments at Niagara Health and Hotel Dieu Shaver through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, as well as our local health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund, demonstrate the commitment of our government to local health care and hospital infrastructure in Niagara," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
"The support is part of a provincial effort to build capacity and end hallway health care."
"Niagara Health is appreciative of the government's ongoing investments in hospitals," said Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO of Niagara Health.
"The Ontario government has been a strong infrastructure partner of Niagara Health, and this investment will ensure our hospital facilities provide a safe environment for patients and families."
In addition to the provincial funding supports for Niagara Health and Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilition Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences, which operates West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, will receive $6,080,931, while Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville will receive $198,092.
"Our government is making investments to ensure Ontario's hospitals and community health infrastructure continue to be state-of-the-art facilities," said Hon. Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
"This funding will also help build the capacity we need to end hallway health care and ensure people continue to receive world-class care.”
Through the 2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario's Plan to Build, and as part of its plan to build a stronger, more convenient and connected health care system, the government is implementing the most ambitious plan for hospital expansion in Ontario's history. This includes supporting more than fifty major hospital projects that would add 3,000 new beds over ten years.
- To further support the high-quality care provided by Ontario's hospitals, the government is providing an additional $827 million to hospitals across the province, representing a four percent increase from last year. This will ensure all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum two percent increase to their budgets to help them better meet patient needs while building a stronger health care system.
- To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario's investments over the next ten years will lead to $40 billion in health infrastructure across the province. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.
- Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs to patients across the province, including primary care, community mental health and addictions services, allied health care such as physical therapy and respiratory therapy, and programs and services delivered by a public health unit.