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Burlington Hospital to Get Funding Boost from 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $2.5 million in Joseph Brant Hospital that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in Burlington is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and will:

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I'm delighted that our government is taking steps to help our hospitals, particularly Joseph Brant Hospital, to address the health and wellbeing of Burlington residents. Complementing the opening of the new Patient Tower at Joseph Brant Hospital this fall, this investment in hospital funding, will help ensure our hospital continues to serve the needs of our community and the people of Burlington.“

— Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington

“Joseph Brant Hospital welcomes the news of receiving an additional $2.5 million in funding, a 2.10% increase to invest in frontline care and enhance patient experience. This funding will ensure that important health care services and programs are maintained for the residents of Burlington and the surrounding area.”

— Eric Vandewall, President and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital 

“Hospitals across the province, including here in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant region, have been working diligently to meet the needs of people in their communities. This timely investment will provide our local hospitals with the resources needed to address the growing demand for services as well as increase access, reduce wait times and improve quality of care for patients. Today’s announcement is an investment in the future of health care in our LHIN.”

— Janine van den Heuvel, Board Chair, HNHB LHIN



  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.



2017 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care



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