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Kitchener-Waterloo Hospitals Receive Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Kitchener-Waterloo to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services


NEWS May 5, 2017

Ontario will invest an additional $3,851,827 in St. Mary’s General Hospital, and an additional $5,541,318 in Grand River Hospital, that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.  

This investment in Kitchener-Waterloo 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 will:  

  • 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  

“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  

“This investment provides a much needed boost for the health care system in Kitchener-Waterloo. Our health care infrastructure needs to keep pace with our rapidly expanding community and changing demographics. This funding increase will help to reduce wait times, increase access to care, and improve the overall patient experience, improving the health and well-being of people in Kitchener-Waterloo.” 
— Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre  

“We are encouraged by the funding announced in the provincial budget for Ontario’s hospitals. We are looking forward to working with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network to determine how best we can use these investments to improve care for those living in Waterloo Wellington.” 
— Don Shilton, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital  

“Our hospital has focused on carefully using new funding increases while at the same time improving the cost-effectiveness of our services. Our work to vastly increase the energy efficiency of our campuses is just one example of how we running a smarter hospital while maintaining care services. We appreciate the budget’s funding increase that supports care needs in our growing region.”  — Malcolm Maxwell, President and CEO of Grand River Hospital  


  •  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.  


For more information, contact:


Rebecca Wagner 
Office of MPP Daiene Vernile