The Ontario government is providing an investment of $175 million towards upgrades, repairs and maintenance at 128 hospitals across the province. The investment is being provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
“This funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release.
The provincial government aims to move quickly to develop a long-term transformational healthcare strategy to address challenges facing the healthcare system, including ending hallway healthcare. The funding will be used to address urgent facility issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
Among the hospitals receiving funding is the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, which will receive over $1.9 million to repair its facility, including modernizing the elevators.
This funding comes following the provincial government’s investment of $90 million towards healthcare infrastructure in 2018-19.