Ontario Investing in Health Care Infrastructure Upgrades and Repairs in Mississauga and Etobicoke

Published on November 12, 2021

Modernizing Health Care Infrastructure to Support Safe and High-Quality Care for Patients

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MISSISSAUGA – The Province of Ontario is investing over $3.8 million this year to support critical health care infrastructure upgrades, repairs, and maintenance at Trillium Health Partners facilities in Mississauga and Etobicoke. This funding is part of the government’s $182.6 million investment provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF).

This investment will support projects across all three Trillium Health Partners sites, including roofing, paving, and elevator upgrades to maintain the facilities. This will help ensure that patients can continue to access the care they need in safe, comfortable environments, and that our local health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

“Our government has made the health, safety, and wellbeing of Ontarians our top priority as we navigate through this unprecedented pandemic,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga–Lakeshore. “That’s why we’re making this investment to maintain and upgrade our hospitals, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to respond to COVID-19, and to improve the quality of care for all patients.”

“The government’s investment in all three Trillium Health Partners hospital sites will allow us to make critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades to our facilities to ensure a better and safer environment for patients to recover in,” said Karli Farrow, President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners. “Our top priority is delivering safe, exceptional care to our patients and we know the physical environment plays an important role in the comfort, healing and recovery during a patient’s experience.”

The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through HIRF, and $7.6 million to community health service providers through CIRF. Funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

Hospitals will use a total of $50 million from HIRF for urgent projects, including those that support the health system response to COVID-19, such as upgrading HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, and improving infection prevention and control measures.

“Upgrading and maintaining hospitals and community health infrastructure is one more way our government is ensuring Ontarians receive the exceptional care when they need it and closer to home,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These crucial investments will help build the capacity needed to end hallway health care, while ensuring our hospitals have the tools they need to improve the quality of care for patients and continue responding to COVID-19.”

The government continues to make record investments to support world-class hospitals across the province and ensure the health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario. In March 2021, the government committed up to $696.6 million in funding to help cover historic working funds deficits and strengthen the financial stability of hospitals across the province.

Through the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, the government is providing a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments to hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity, as well as an increase of $778 million in operational funding to ensure 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.

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, with Trillium Health Partners President Karli Farrow and senior staff, and MPPs for Mississauga and Etobicoke, at the Mississauga Hospital

 

Quotes

“I would like to congratulate Trillium Health Partners on receiving much needed funding to complete infrastructure upgrades that are necessary to ensure the highest standard of care to patients. HVAC systems are one the most urgent upgrades needed to control air quality and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

- Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke–Lakeshore

“The Government has been focused at investing in healthcare after years of neglect, from building capacity to upgrading and maintaining the hospitals. Today’s investment announcement builds upon the infrastructure efforts Trillium Health Partners need to maintain our Mississauga hospitals.”

- Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga–Erin Mills

“These critical infrastructure funds continue to play a pivotal role in maintaining and upgrading our healthcare facilities. I am proud that our government continues to make health the number one priority for Ontarians and especially for the residents of Mississauga East–Cooksville.”

- Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East–Cooksville

“Our government recognizes the importance and the challenges we face in our healthcare system. This new timely investment will continue to benefit our community, as it will help hospitals build capacity and end hallway health care across the province. This new investment will ensure our hospitals are prepared to respond to potential scenarios as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. This new funding to the Trillium Health Partners will ensure that residents of Mississauga continue to receive the safe and timely care they need.”

- Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga–Streetsville

“As we move forward on the road to recovery, our government is making critical investments in hospital infrastructure for the well-being of Ontarians. Here in Mississauga, this will ensure Trillium Health Partners and health care workers have the upgraded technology and equipment in place to continue providing quality care during COVID-19 and beyond.”

- Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga–Malton

“As both a registered nurse and as a Member of Provincial Parliament, I welcome this much-needed funding to support critical improvements to hospital infrastructure at Trillium Health Parners. This funding, totalling nearly $4 million, will ensure that patients will continue to get the world-class care that they need in a safe and comfortable setting, especially in the context of the current pandemic. This funding to bolster hospital capacity is yet another tool that our government is leveraging to end hallway healthcare across Ontario.”

- Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre

 

Quick Facts

  • Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs to patients across the province, including primary care, community mental health and addictions services, allied health care such as physical therapy and respiratory therapy, and programs and services delivered by a public health unit.
  • The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through HIRF and $7.6 million to community health service providers through CIRF.
  • For 2021-22, Ontario has increased CIRF by 3%.
  • The government is investing more than $22 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for health infrastructure projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in health infrastructure.

 

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Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228