Ontario Investing in Critical Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Toronto

Published on February 07, 2020

Toronto – Ontario is investing in the health and safety of patients as it addresses urgent upgrades, repairs and maintenance at 131 hospitals across the province to help keep them in good working order

Today, Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, was joined by Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of Unity Health Toronto, which includes St. Joseph’s Health Centre, to announce that Ontario will invest $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to help hospitals across the province maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care. As part of this investment, Unity Health will receive over $7.9 million, with St. Joseph’s Health Centre receiving $5,370,000.

“These investments will help ensure that patients in Toronto and across Ontario can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said MPP Hogarth. “Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning can make the world of difference to a patient’s experience. The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will help ensure that hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades and improvements, so patients and families have access to the reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

“The funding announced for St. Joseph’s Health Centre today will support almost two dozen projects; things like a new ambulance door, sprinklers, temperature sensors, plumbing and roof repairs. These are important infrastructure improvements that you may not see but they’re critical to the smooth functioning of a hospital,” said Dr. Rutledge.

As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario’s world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals to address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

“Ontario has a plan to build a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients, including investing $27 billion over 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects,” said MPP Hogarth. “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is one more example of how we are working towards ensuring that Ontarians have the health care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end hallway health care.”

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
  • In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

For more information contact: 

Mackenzie Porter

Office of Christine Hogarth, MPP

(416)-259-2249