August 11, 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.
Rouge Valley Health System will receive $1,903,058 in one-time funding for 2016-17 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.
“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 are 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
“The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) is essential to addressing the need for hospital infrastructure repairs across the province. This increase in important funding to the Rouge Valley Health System puts the people of Scarborough-Guildwood first and ensures our residents receive the quality healthcare services they deserve. Topnotch facilities are vital to the well-being of our patients and their families, thus I look forward to seeing the facility improvements that will be made with this funding in Scarborough-Guildwood!”
– Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood
“These investments will allow our hospitals to continue to improve the quality and functionality of their facilities as they work with the LHIN and other health service providers to care for patients in an integrated and co-ordinated system. This announcement ensures that Central East LHIN residents have access to acute care services that are delivered in an environment that enables the staff to deliver the best care possible.”
― Deborah Hammons, Chief Executive Officer, Central East LHIN
“This is great news for Rouge Valley! This investment in our hospital and community helps us deliver a quality experience for patients and their families. Over the years, this funding has allowed us to modernize and improve important hospital infrastructure, such as our fire protection system, chillers, masonry and roofing, electrical and fuel oil distribution, and operating room air handling systems. We look forward to expanding the list of improvements at Rouge Valley.”
—Andrée Robichaud, President & CEO, Rouge Valley Health System