Ontario has committed $125 million to renewing critical infrastructure at 128 hospitals across the province, with the investments to be made between 2015 and 2016.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand at Toronto East General Hospital, which will receive approximately $1.7 million through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF), to make the announcement.
The investments will be used on projects to improve the quality of the facilities, including structural upgrades, such as roof replacements and new windows; upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; improvements such as upgrading back-up generators; and upgrading fire alarm systems to adhere to the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code.
“Through this investment in hospital infrastructure, we are ensuring that patients have access to care in spaces that are safe, healthy and comfortable,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release. “These projects make a real, positive difference in the healing environment, complementing the high-quality care patients receive in Ontario hospitals.”
The Ontario government’s 2015 budget committed to making more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years, including grants through the HIRF. This is just part of the more than $130 billion the government plans to invest over 10 years in supporting provincial infrastructure.