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2016 Budget Includes Increase to Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Ontario Investing More Than $50 Billion in Health Care

NEWS June 27, 2016

Wellington health care system and across the province to give Ontarians faster access to the right care, now and in the future. In 2016-17, the government would be investing $51.8 billion in health care, including an additional $828,053 for Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

The additional funding will support the hospital in continuing to provide high quality, local health services for the residents of Cambridge and surrounding communities while they complete a $187 million redevelopment and renovation project.

Other highlights include:

  • Investing more than $345 million in all publicly-funded hospitals, including a one per cent increase to global base funding.
  • Creating more integrated, team-based primary care with an additional $85 million over three years to recruit and retain qualified primary care staff.
  • An additional $130 million in cancer care services, over the next three years, allowing for the delivery of more services and preventive programs.
  • Increasing funding by $250 million to expand capacity to deliver high-quality home and community care.
  • Making the shingles vaccine free for eligible seniors aged 65 to 70, saving them about $170 in out-of-pocket expenses.
  • As part of the 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, investing an additional $4 million for 248 new supportive housing units.
  • Investing an additional $75 million in community-based hospices and palliative care, for a total investment of about $155 million over three years.
  • Increasing annual funding for Behavioural Supports Ontario by $10 million, building on base funding of $44 million and other substantial increases the government has made in long-term care homes since 2003/04.
  • Keeping Ontarians healthy by using $5 million of increased revenues from new tobacco tax to support investments to enhance priority populations’ access to smoking cessation services.

Through recent actions to transform health care, the province has increased patients’ access to primary care, provided more care for people at home, and reduced wait times for surgeries, diagnostic procedures and emergency department care.

Increased investment in health care is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.


“We in Cambridge are extremely excited to see that patients here will have faster access to care moving forward. As a Nurse, I worked at CMH for many years, and it is a great hospital. I know that with the additional investments made in this kind of quality health care, it can become even better. This is a win for the entire Cambridge community.”

Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

“With this new and important funding, we are working to ensure that patients in Cambridge have faster access to the right care, now and in the future. Making these necessary investments in our health care system is part of our commitment to put patients first by ensuring they get the high-quality health care they need – when they need it.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The province’s economic plan supports strong public services in communities across Ontario. The plan reinforces one of the most important provincial services on which Ontarians rely – health care. The 2016 Budget supports continued commitments to increase patients’ access to primary care, to provide more care for people at or close to home and to help all Ontario families continue to receive quality health care.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

“Cambridge Memorial Hospital staff, physicians and volunteers are absolutely committed to providing exceptional care to the people of Cambridge, North Dumfries and Region of Waterloo. Over the last five years, we have worked hard to lower costs, reduce wait times and enhance the quality of the care we offer our patients. This welcome additional funding will be used to continue our efforts and make certain everyone in need of high quality, acute health care services will be able to access them at our hospital.”

— Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO

“Our local hospitals provide vital, life-saving care for the almost 800,000 residents across Waterloo Wellington. We are proud of the high-quality care our hospitals provide, including having the lowest surgical readmission rate in Ontario. This additional funding will support the hospital in continuing to provide access to the best care for local residents.”

— Joan Fisk, Board Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)


  • Funding for local health care through the Waterloo Wellington LHIN has increased by almost $300 million since 2007.
  • The government has invested almost $2 billion to significantly reduce wait times since 2003–04.
  • Health care funding has increased from $29.2 billion in 2003–2004 to $51.8 billion in
  • 2016–17.
  • Hospital funding in Ontario has increased more than 50 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $17.4 billion in 2016-17. 


Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

Cassandra Easton | Office of MPP McGarry | 519-623-5852

Shae Greenfield, Minister Hoskins’s Office, 416-325-5230

Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,