Liz Sandals News Release


Guelph & Wellington County Hospitals to Get Over $4.2M Boost from 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Guelph & Wellington County to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

NEWS May 5, 2017

Ontario will invest an additional:

  • $355,400 in Groves Memorial Community Hospital;
  • $319,200 in North Wellington Health Care Corporation
  • $2,185,102 in Guelph General Hospital;
  • $422,600 in St. Joseph’s Health Centre and
  • $919,300 in Homewood Health Centre

for a total of $4,201,602 that would provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in Guelph and  Wellington is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would:

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals;
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs);
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

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

“This increase in funding for Guelph and Wellington County hospitals will help our hospitals to provide local patients with better access to crucial health services and procedures.”

— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“We are fortunate in our community to have good flow in our health system – the rate of patients waiting in hospital for care in a more appropriate place is low compared to other areas and we have some of the best emergency department wait times in Ontario.  This additional funding will help us to reduce wait times for vital procedures such as hip and knee replacements and cataract surgeries.”

— Joan Fisk, Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network


  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.


2017 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care


For more information, contact:

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190