Ontario is investing a total of $175 million through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) to provide repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals across the province this year. HIRF was established in 1999 with the purpose of assisting hospitals in renewing their facilities.
This funding will go towards critical improvements to hospital facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
“These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release. “By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
The 2017 Budget includes $7 billion allocated to improving access to health care, expanding mental health and addiction services, and enhancing the experience and recovery of patients. As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects.
“On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I’d like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this vital investment,” added Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. “Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services.”