Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs – HIRF

Summary

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and pcomfortable environment for patients to receive care.

Key Messages

  • Ontario is investing $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million dedicated towards COVID-19 related and other urgent projects.
  • This funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
  • Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how the government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on especially during these unprecedented times.
  • Ongoing investments to support these essential infrastructure projects can make a big different to a patient’s experience and is part of the government’s plan to build the capacity needed to end hallway health care.
  • This investment will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms.
  • Projects such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures, will also support hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19.
  • Ontario will continue to invest in patients and the health care system to ensure Ontarians receive the care and services they need and deserve now and for generations to come.

News Links

EN https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58366/ontario-investing-in-hospital-upgrades-and-repairs

FR https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/58367/lontario-investit-pour-moderniser-et-reparer-des-hopitaux