Ontario to invest $12bn to modernise hospital infrastructure


Ontario has announced $12bn investment to continue building hospital infrastructure across the province over a period of ten years, as part of this year's budget.

The province will also grant an amount of $50m in new annual funding to assist the hospitals in repairing and maintaining their facilities.

Ontario's investment in the health infrastructure is seen as the government's aim to provide more access to quality, reliable, specialised health care services and facilities for Ontarians.

It is expected to benefit the patients to avail modernised healthcare in a safe and healthy environment.

Ontario Health and Long-Term Care minister Eric Hoskins said: "Making these important investments in hospitals will ensure patients get the high-quality health care they need - when they need it.

"It is just one of the ways in which we are putting patients first, by improving the performance of our health care system while working to ensure it is sustainable to meet the future needs of Ontarians."

Approximately 35 major hospital projects are currently under construction or in various stages of planning in the province.

The hospital projects which are being planned or are already underway include the Mackenzie Health's new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project; developing the new Providence Care Hospital in Kingston; upgrading the acute and long-term care beds at the Atikokan General Hospital and expanding and refurbishing the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

The 2016-17 Budget also includes a $345m increase in operating funding for hospitals.