Liz Sandals News Release


Ontario Improving Access to Care in Guelph

Province Increasing Investment in Hospitals to Support Patients and Families

News November 25

Ontario is improving access to care in Guelph, helping to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that patients and families rely on.

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph was at Guelph General Hospital in Guelph to highlight the new investment. Guelph General Hospital is receiving $656,400 more and St. Joseph’s Health Centre is receiving $105,200 more, this year, to improve access to care and reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in Guelph.

Recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the new investment from the province ensures that all public hospitals in Ontario have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year. Additional funding has been provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities.

Improving access to hospital services 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.


“I am very pleased that our government is making investments in Guelph General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre to help these facilities to continue to provide high quality health services to our community.  This new investment will help to reduce wait times and to support increased access to services that our citizens need. ”

— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services. Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population.”

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

“On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this needed investment as they work to provide care to patients under challenging circumstances. The resources made available, thanks to today’s announcement, will help ensure continued access to high quality health services in communities across Ontario.”

— Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

“Local clinicians, staff and volunteers are doing an exceptional job on the front-line caring for residents. Because of them, we’ve seen significant improvements in the quality and efficiency of care. Our hospitals continue to see more patients with more complex care needs. This additional funding will support our hospitals in reducing wait times and improving flow through the health care system.”

— Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington LHIN


  • Ontario is investing an additional $140 million in public hospitals across the province to ensure that they continue to meet the growing needs of their local communities. This new funding builds on an increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of the 2016 Budget.
  • Since 2013, Guelph General Hospital has also received $9,503,400 in additional funding to support planning and continuation of successful Emergency Department initiatives such as; hiring nurse practitioners to treat patients with less complex conditions.  The allocation for 2016/17 is $1,989,600.
  • According to a recent report from the Fraser Institute, Ontario has the shortest median wait times to see a specialist in the country. The province has committed to further reducing specialist wait times in The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s most recent mandate letter.
  • There are 147 public hospitals in Ontario.
  • Hospital funding in Ontario has increased more than 2 per cent, from $17 billion in 2013-14 to $17.4 billion in 2016-17.  
  • This year’s $51.8 billion health care budget is a 2.1 per cent increase over last year – greater than the rate of inflation.


2016 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

For more information, contact: 

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP 

(519) 836-4190