Ontario Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Elgin-Middlesex-LondonPublished on September 14, 2020
The Ontario government is investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
Total local allocations for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund are as follows:
- St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital - $1,270,171
- London Health Sciences Centre - $5,970,568
- St. Joseph's Health Care - London - $2,275,212
“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario's world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms. Projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.
“Now more than ever, it is critical that hospitals receive the support needed to ensure stable facility infrastructure,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “I am proud that our government is supporting these critical community services during this time.”
- Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 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.
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- Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19