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Ontario Improving Access to Care in Waterloo Region

Province Increasing Investment in Hospitals to Support Patients and Families 

NEWS Tuesday, November 29, 2016 

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

Grand River Hospital is receiving an additional $1,379,900 and St. Mary’s General Hospital is receiving an additional $781,600 this year to improve access to care and reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in Waterloo Region. 

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. 


“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 

“This high growth funding is critical for providing additional support to help address capacity issues and reduce wait times in our local hospitals here in Waterloo Region and across Ontario.” 

– Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre 

“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 

“We appreciate funding that can support our growing communities’ health needs. Our priorities are to target the funding to increase medical imaging testing such as CT scans, as well as improve wait times for joint replacement surgery and other procedures.” 

– Malcom Maxwell, President and CEO, Grand River Hospital 

“We’re grateful to the Ministry and the WWLHIN for recognizing that activity levels at St. Mary’s have grown significantly to put us in the top 22 hospitals in the province for growth.” 

– Don Shilton, President, St. Mary’s General Hospital 

“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 


  • 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. 
  • 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 


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