Ontario Investing in Health Care Infrastructure Upgrades and Repairs in Waterloo Region

Published on October 13, 2021

Modernizing Health Care Infrastructure to Support Safe and High-Quality Care for Patients

 

NEWS                                                                                                                          October 13, 2021

The Ontario government is investing over $10 million this year to support critical health care infrastructure upgrades, repairs and maintenance in Waterloo Region. This funding is part of the government’s $182.6 million investment provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. It will ensure that patients can continue to access the care they need in safe, comfortable environments and that the local health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

 

Investments include:

 

Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund

  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital - $1,343,007
  • Mary's General Hospital - $6,826,810
  • Grand River Hospital Corporation - $1,449,014

 

Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund

  • Langs Farm Village Association will receive $71,540
  • Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre will receive $258,276
  • Grand River Community Health Centre will receive $7,005
  • Thresholds Homes and Supports will receive $28,146
  • Woolwich Community Health Centre will receive $27,183

 

“Patients and families in Waterloo Region deserve the highest quality of health care delivered in comfortable, upgraded facilities”, said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. “Whether it is in our major regional hospitals or our rural health care centres, our government is committed to providing the necessary investments to keep local infrastructure up to modern standards so that the care our community needs is available close to home”.

 

“These investments in our region’s hospitals and community health centres ensures that local residents will receive top-notch health care when and where they need it,” said Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler. “Our government’s commitment to the health-care sector means patients are cared for in a comfortable, safe environment.”

 

The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators. A total of $50 million from the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will be used by hospitals for urgent projects, including those that support the health system response to COVID-19, such as upgrading HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, and improving infection prevention and control measures.

 

“Upgrading and maintaining hospitals and community health infrastructure is one more way our government is ensuring Ontarians receive the exceptional care when they need it and closer to home,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These crucial investments will help build the capacity needed to end hallway health care, while ensuring our hospitals have the tools they need to improve the quality of care for patients and continue responding to COVID-19.”

 

The government continues to make record investments to support world-class hospitals across the province and ensure the health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario. In March 2021, the government committed up to $696.6 million in funding to help cover historic working funds deficits and strengthen the financial stability of hospitals across the province.

 

Through the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, the government is providing a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments to hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity, as well as an increase of $778 million in operational funding to ensure all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.

 

RECIPIENT QUOTES

 

“Funding for repairs and upgrades provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund is crucial to ensure the ongoing health of our facilities. The improvements we will be able to complete will enable us to continue to provide the care and support that our patients need today, and in the future.”

 

 -Ron Gagnon, President and CEO, Grand River Hospital

 

“We thank the Government for these investments and for helping us maintain our commitment to provide our community with safe, high quality care. These funds are being used to upgrade older facilities within the hospital, including modernizing elevators, upgrading plumbing, replacing air handling units among many other much needed repairs. This important infrastructure work will give us the means to maintain crucial inpatient services as we can continue the important work to modernize our Wing B Patient Care tower.”

 

-Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO, Cambridge Memorial Hospital

 

“This funding is a much-needed investment in St. Mary’s that will help us to repair and update infrastructure that is tired and in need of care. We are grateful to MPP Harris for his advocacy on behalf of our community and extend our utmost gratitude to the province for investing in St. Mary’s so that we can continue to care for those when they need us the most.”

 

-Lee Fairclough, President and CEO, St. Mary’s General Hospital

 

“The Woolwich Community Health Centre is very grateful to the provincial government for the community infrastructure funding in support of rainwater diversion improvements. With the building at 10 Parkside Drive now being over thirty years old, maintenance is so key to keeping the property functioning effectively so patients can continue to be seen safely even during challenging times such as now during COVID. With infrastructure investments the government is continuing a legacy of local rural support to maintain services where our community needs it and where targeted investments have greatest impact. The health centre can focus on patient and community care knowing the government is helping keep our staff and buildings safe.”

 

-Rosslyn Bentley, Executive Director, Woolwich Community Health Centre.

 

“Supporting people that are the most vulnerable and marginalized in our community is what we do. The Community Infrastructure Renewal Funding we recently received from the Provincial Government supports The Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre to continue to provide medical and social services to patients that struggle with the social determinants of health such as homelessness, mental health and addiction issues and those that have significant barriers to accessing primary health care. One of our major challenges this past year has been the break down of our heating and cooling systems at our main site location. This has limited our use of space at times which has impacted our capacity to see patients. One way the infrastructure funding is going to be used to  repair our heating and cooling system which will completely support our goal of maintaining our high standard of healthcare and improve accessibility for our patients to the programs and services we offer to our community.”

 

-Anka Brozic, CEO, Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

 

“With the support of the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund, we are pleased to have the opportunity to make much-needed improvements to our parking for participants and patients.  This investment by the provincial government supports access to services of Langs and those of 20+ on-site health and social services partner organizations”, 

 

-Kerry-Lynn Wilkie, Acting CEO, Langs Farm Village Association.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs to patients across the province, including primary care, community mental health and addictions services, allied health care such as physical therapy and respiratory therapy, and programs and services delivered by a public health unit.
  • The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
  • For 2021-22, Ontario has increased the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund by three per cent.
  • The government is investing more than $22 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for health infrastructure projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in health infrastructure.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine web page to view the latest provincial data and information on COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 information website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from the virus.