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  • March 23, 2018

Stronger Hospitals, Better Care for Scarborough-Guildwood

Major Funding Boost Will Reduce Wait Times, Address Capacity Issues and Provide Better Care Closer to Home

March 23, 2018

Ontario is investing an additional $9.16 million in Scarborough & Rouge Hospital. This is part of the province’s commitment to invest an additional $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals in 2018–19 — an increase of 4.6 per cent.

MPP Mitzie Hunter and MPP Soo Wong were at the Scarborough & Rouge Hospital this morning to explain how this major increase in hospital funding will provide better access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of Scarborough-Guildwood’s changing population.

This overall increase of 4.6 per cent across the province is on top of the 3.2 per cent provided last year — allowing hospitals to invest with more precision in the care and supports that address the specific needs of their patients and community.

Patients and families across Ontario will also directly benefit from this increased funding with the expansion of essential services to reduce wait times and priority procedures such as cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, and medical imaging.

Increasing funding to hospitals and access to high-quality health care across the province is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“We are committed to making sure hospitals have the resources and supports they need to meet the needs of growing and aging communities. With this historic investment, publicly funded hospitals can increase capacity, decrease wait times and improve access to care for families across Ontario.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Our government remains steadfast in its commitment to providing adequate and timely care to the hardworking and resolute people of Scarborough-Guildwood. The investment of an additional $9.16 million further reinstates better, faster and improved hospital care for our deserving families and will ensure that the needs of growing and aging communities in the riding are met.”

— Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood

“Thank to the Government of Ontario for making this important and needed investment towards the health of Scarborough residents. I would also like to personally thank Minister Hunter, Minister MacCharles, MPP Wong and MPP Duguid for their tireless efforts on behalf of the residents of our community."

— Elizabeth Buller, President and CEO, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

“The Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH) is an important part of the integrated system of care delivered in Scarborough and across the Central East Local Health Integration Network.   With today’s announcement, SRH hospital is further strengthened in its role as the acute care leader in the LHIN’s Scarborough North and Scarborough South sub-regions as integrated teams of physicians, nurses, hospitals, community-based health care providers and other partners work together to improve the health and well-being of their local communities.” 

— Amorell Saunders N’Daw, Vice Chair, Central East LHIN Board of Directors

“I am pleased to see our government continue its investment in the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. I know this new investment will assist in reducing wait times and enhance the community needs of Scarborough- Agincourt residents.”

— Soo Wong, MPP Scarborough-Agincourt

“I am very inspired by the crucial investments being made in our Scarborough hospitals.  We are now fully on track to build the healthcare system Scarborough residents deserve today and well into the future.” 

— Brad Duguid, MPP Scarborough Centre 

“Today’s announcement of an additional $9.16 million in funding will assist Scarborough and Rouge Hospital to further reduce wait times, address capacity as the community’s needs change while continuing to provide outstanding care to patients in my riding of Pickering-Scarborough East.”

— Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East


  • Scarborough & Rouge Hospital will receive more than $9.16 million in additional funding in 2018–19, which includes support for the General, Centenary and Birchmount sites.
  • In February 2018, Ontario renewed its support to address increased need for hospital beds with a $187 million investment in 2018–19 that further supports access to care and reduced wait times.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased by more than 65 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003–04 to almost $19 billion in 2018-19.
  • The province invested an additional $100 million in 2017–18 in home care supports and services.
  • Ontario is creating 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 over the next decade.
  • Ontario is launching a historic expansion of mental health and addiction services, with the biggest provincial investment in Canadian history — an increase of $2.1 billion over four years.
  • Starting in August 2019, Ontario plans to make prescription drugs free for seniors through OHIP+ for seniors 65 and over, building on the province’s biggest expansion of medicare in a generation that has already made prescription medications free for everyone under the age of 25.


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