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The Ontario government in Canada is set to make more than $15m investment to expand and modernise Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

Upon completion, the existing aged infrastructure of the hospital will be expanded and upgraded, thereby improving access to quality care for Collingwood people and the surrounding areas.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital president and CEO Norah Holder said: “We are very pleased to receive approval from the Capital Branch of the Ministry of Health for our Stage One submission, and to officially move to stage two of the five-stage process.

“Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and our community are excited to commence engaging in stage two of the process. This announcement represents a significant milestone regarding our hospital redevelopment project.”

Originally built in 1956, the hospital has been providing services to a growing community.

The investment will be used to redevelop the hospital’s aging infrastructure through a mix of new construction as well as renovations.

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The redeveloped hospital will include the expansion of key services, including intensive care, emergency, diagnostic imaging as well as the operating suite.

Additional inpatient capacity will allow the hospital to serve more patients and families.

Renovations would be carried out to upgrade the existing facility to ensure a comfortable environment for patients.

The Ontario government is also set to increase Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s operating funding for the third straight year, its further action to support the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting this year, the hospital will receive over $1.9m in additional operating funding, representing an increase of 4.2% to the funding received in 2020/21.

The 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, highlighted additional investments of $1.8bn for hospitals in 2021-22.