Ontario Providing Additional Funding for Hospital Care in Waterloo RegionPublished on June 25, 2021
Nearly $20 Million Will Help Ensure Patients and Families Have Access to High-Quality Health Care
June 25, 2021
WATERLOO REGION— The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care and address the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing investments in hospitals across the province for the third straight year. Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris and Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee announced that Waterloo Region hospitals will receive additional operating funding beginning in 2021/22:
- Cambridge Memorial Hospital will receive an additional $7,498,200, which represents an increase of 6.5% to funding received in 2020/21
- Grand River Hospital will receive an additional $5,943,300 which represents an increase of 2.4% to funding received in 2020/21
- Mary’s General Hospital will receive an additional $5,693,000 which represents an increase of 4.1% to funding received in 2020/21
These increases build on the additional investments announced by MPP Harris and MPP Fee in 2019 and 2020.
“Waterloo Region’s hospitals have always provided exceptional care to local residents, even in the face of the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “This nearly $20 million increase from the province will support this commitment to high-quality care and the staff who provide it while also expanding timely access to hospital care in our community”.
“This investment is very good news for our region's hospitals and will greatly assist as they continue to overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kitchener South- Hespeler MPP Amy Fee. “Staff at our local hospitals are committed to providing high-quality care to their patients and this funding ensures that the needed level of care continues now and into the future.”
Over the last three years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’s hospitals as part of its plan to end hallway health care. This includes overall sector increases of 2% in 2019-20, and 3% in 2020-2021.
The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one 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.
“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed to continue responding to the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By increasing investments in hospitals provincewide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-quality care they need, when and where they need it.”
The Ontario government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they can continue to provide the care Ontarians need and deserve, today and in the future. Additional support for Ontario’s hospitals as part of Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760 million to help hospitals continue to respond to COVID‑19 and an additional $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs.
“We are very pleased by the generous investment made by government to support the health and well-being of our community. This past year has been incredibly taxing on our staff, physicians and the health care sector in general. The pandemic exposed longstanding gaps in the system and it is hoped that this new funding will help us meet these challenges. Of the $7.5M, about $2.9M will go to address inflationary pressures and the ongoing costs associated with the pandemic. Another $2.9M is directly tied to our Capital Redevelopment Project, which will allow us to hire for and grow our services. The rest of this funding will go to increase certain procedures and help address the backlog created by COVID-19. After a year of lost revenue, health care worker fatigue and the unexpected costs associated with the pandemic, our system is in need of being strengthened. Today’s announcement is a leap forward to accomplishing that.”
- Patrick Gaskin, President & CEO, Cambridge Memorial Hospital
“This investment in local health care is important for our community. The increase in base funding will help to offset some of the increased costs associated with population growth, inflation, and evolving complexities of care.”
- Ron Gagnon, President & CEO, Grand River Hospital
“This increase to base funding and one-time increase help to address the growing care needs in this region that existed prior to the pandemic and have only increased with the disruption of COVID-19. This funding will help us as we start to recover and continue to meet the growing demands for care, both within the Region of Waterloo and beyond through our regional programs, including the cardiac and chest programs.”
- Lee Fairclough, President & CEO, St Mary’s General Hospital
- Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan supports now total $51 billion.
- The government is investing more than $21 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for hospital projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in hospital infrastructure.