Ontario Investing $2,239,070 in Eglinton-Lawrence Hospital
August 20, 2015
Ontario Improving Access to Care for Local Patients
Ontario is upgrading hospital infrastructure in Eglinton-Lawrence to ensure local patients get the care they need.
The province is investing $2,239,070 for infrastructure upgrades to Baycrest Centre of Geriatric Care. The funding will help address critical infrastructure needs such as:
- Structural upgrades such as roof replacements and new windows
- Upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Improvements such as upgrading back-up generators
- Upgraded fire alarm systems and other work needed to address requirements under the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code.
In the 2015 Budget, the government committed to providing more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years, including grants administered through the HIRF. This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years. This investment is helping connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities across the province.
Upgrading health-care infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Through this investment in hospital infrastructure, we are ensuring that patients have access to care in spaces that are safe, healthy and comfortable. These projects make a real, positive difference in the healing environment, complimenting the high quality care patients receive in Ontario hospitals.”
― Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“It is important to invest in hospitals like Baycrest Centre of Geriatric Care to ensure that our elderly are provided with the best possible care in safe and comfortable spaces.”
— Mike Colle, MPP Eglinton-Lawrence
“This investment in Baycrest’s infrastructure helps us continue to provide excellent geriatric care, as well as world-leading brain health and aging research, in a safe and comfortable setting.”
— Dr. William Reichman, President and CEO, Baycrest Health Sciences
“We are pleased Ontario has made improving hospital infrastructure a priority. These investments in local hospitals will go a long way in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients to continue receiving high quality care.”
— Bill Manson, Acting CEO, Toronto Central LHIN
- In 2014–15, the Ontario government increased the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to $125 million — more than doubling its investment from $56.2 million the year before. It has maintained the fund at $125 million in 2015–16.
- Modernizing infrastructure will support more than 110,000 jobs a year on average in construction and related industries.
- A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario’s public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
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