Ontario Investing $2.5 Million in Waterloo Region Hospitals
Ontario Improving Access to Care for Local Patients
NEWS 20 August, 2015
Ontario is upgrading hospital infrastructure in Waterloo Region to ensure local patients get the care
The province is investing $2,562,546 for infrastructure upgrades to local community hospitals. The
funding will help address critical infrastructure needs at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Grand River
Hospital, St. Mary’s General Hospital, and North Wellington Health Care Corp including:
- 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
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“As a nurse, and someone who cares deeply about patient care, I applaud these investments in the
critical infrastructure of local hospitals. These changes will provide safer, more efficient and
upgraded hospitals for patients and staff to use for years.”
Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
"These funds assist our local hospitals with many critical infrastructure upgrades they need.
Investing in hospital infrastructure provides patients with better access to quality care"
Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre
“These investments help keep our buildings safe and comfortable so that we have the environment
we need to serve patients well.”
Malcolm Maxwell, President and CEO Grand River Hospital
- Local hospitals are receiving:
- Cambridge Memorial Hospital: $736,378
- Grand River Hospital: $1,140,676
- St Mary’s General Hospital: $548,418
- North Wellington Health Care Corp: $137,074
- 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.