August 9, 2016
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.
Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital will receive $400,525 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.
“Through this infrastructure renewal funding, as well as through the ongoing work being done to renovate and expand the Joseph Brant Hospital -- our government is continuing to expand health care services so we can serve patients today and for generations to come. The expansion of Joseph Brant Hospital represents a true partnership between our government, the City of Burlington and our generous citizens. Working together we are investing in a hospital which will offer the best in patient care and one which will attract people and investment to our community. ”
– Eleanor McMahon MPP for Burlington
“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
“As we undergo the largest transformation in our hospital’s history, including a brand new seven-storey patient tower, it’s critical that we ensure all areas of our hospital are kept in excellent condition. This additional funding will ensure that patients receive the modern and efficient health care services they need and deserve in a setting that is safe, clean and in good repair.”
— Eric Vandewall, President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital
“These infrastructure renewal investments allow area hospitals to make important facility upgrades, many of which are related to safety and accessibility. The opportunity to undertake these essential projects means our hospitals can deliver better care and direct more healthcare dollars towards frontline services.”
— Michael Shea, Board Chair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network
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