Liz Sandals News Release 

Ontario Updating and Repairing Community Health Facilities in Guelph and Wellington County

Helping People Access Safe and High-Quality Health Care Close to Home

NEWS August 14, 2017


Ontario is investing in three community health facilities in Guelph and Wellington County to help people get high-quality care close to home, in a safe, healthy and accessible environment.

Liz Sandals MPP for Guelph announced funding today for local community health service providers to repair and upgrade their facilities, making them more accessible and enhancing quality of care.

Through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund the province is investing over $286,000 in three facilities:

  • Guelph Community Health Centre is receiving $139,200 to repair flooring and their HVAC system.

  • St. Joseph’s Health Centre is receiving $77,381 to repair flooring and ensure their facilities are accessible.

  • Stonehenge Therapeutic Community is receiving $70,188 for window replacements.

This fund is helping 68 community health service providers across the province to support crucial infrastructure projects, including replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

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 investing in community health infrastructure, we will help ensure that community health organizations can keep their facilities in a good state of repair, make them accessible, and continue to provide high-quality care, close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“We are fortunate to have dedicated and caring healthcare providers in our community, but they need the proper facilities to deliver their services.  Investments like these ensure our healthcare partners’ facilities are safe and accessible so they can provide the high level of care our community deserves.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph


“Replacing and maintaining needed infrastructure is integral to delivering high-quality care to patients and a great patient experience. This Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) investment will ensure that the exceptional community health facilities in Waterloo Wellington continue to support staff in providing the best possible care to local residents.”
— Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network



  • Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) investments have increased 78 per cent from last year, up from $4.1 million to $7.3 million, which will support 68 communities across 85 sites province-wide.
  • Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs, including primary care, community mental health and addictions, allied health care (e.g., physical therapists, occupational and respiratory therapists, dietitians, speech language pathologists and audiologists) and health promotion (e.g., not-for-profit programs and services delivered by a public health unit).

  • Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.

  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario's total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.



Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care


For more information, contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190