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Ontario Makes Historic Investment to Expand Queensway Health Centre

The Ontario government is making the largest single hospital infrastructure investment in Ontario history by investing over one-billion-dollars to expand the Queensway Health Centre in South Etobicoke.

The communities of Etobicoke and Peel continue to grow, and over the next 20 years, the demand for health care services offered by Trillium Health Partners is expected to increase by nearly seven times more than the average hospital in Ontario. In anticipation of this growth, the Ontario government’s investment will provide a new inpatient care tower to centralize complex continuing care and rehabilitation services for patients, while also adding over 150 new beds.

“Investments in Ontario’s health care reaffirms the government’s commitment to put people first,” said Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to Solicitor General and MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “This unprecedented funding will support our communities by increasing health care capacity and addressing growth demands and future needs.”

As communicated in the IO Market Update, we anticipate the expansion of the Queensway Health Centre to be valued at well over $1 billion. The redevelopment of the Queensway Health Centre will help meet the health care needs of patients and families in Etobicoke-Lakeshore by reducing wait times and providing a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive high-quality care.

“Prioritizing patient care where it is needed most is an essential part of our government’s plan to build Ontario and ensure services people rely on are available now and in the future,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “A global pandemic has highlighted the need to build capacity by getting shovels in the ground on health infrastructure, which is why we are prioritizing this type of critical investment in Ontario.” 

“We are working hard to ensure all Ontarians have access to the high-quality services and supports they need most in their daily lives,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “That is why we are committed to investing in critical health care and long-term care infrastructure projects like the expansion and modernization of the Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario is investing $30.2 billion over the next 10 years to build, expand and enhance hospitals, a historic commitment to ensure people can get the quality care they need in their communities.”

The 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22, bringing the total additional investment in hospitals since the start of the pandemic to over $5.1 billion. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.

QUOTES

“The redevelopment and expansion projects at THP will ensure we have the modern facilities and much-needed capacity to deliver high quality, exceptional care to this community for generations to come. I want to thank the government and our local MPPs for working in partnership with THP, and for this historic investment in the future of health care in this community.”

–Karli Farrow, President & CEO, Trillium Health Partners

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2019, the government provided Trillium Health Partners with an additional $12.5 million to support planning for the redevelopment project, bringing the hospital’s total planning grant to up to $17.5 million.
  • As part of the province’s Fall Preparedness Plan, Trillium Health Partners received funding for up to an additional 59 acute, 70 transitional and 12 critical care beds to help build additional capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario is investing $30.2 billion over the next 10 years in infrastructure to address longstanding challenges around hospital bed shortages in the hospital sector. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities, and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.
  • surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need, in 2021-22 the Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures. This includes over $1.8 million for Trillium Health Partners to support an additional 4,448 MRI and 2,906 CT operating hours.
  • As part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, the government is providing hospitals with over $1.8 billion in 2021–22 to support 3,100 new and additional beds, reduce surgical and diagnostic imaging backlogs and to help hospitals keep pace with patient needs and increase access to high‐quality care. This investment will help protect our progress in the fight against COVID-19.

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