MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Ontario government has announced new spending of $175 million to be allocated towards upgrades, repairs and maintenance on 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other priority projects.
The funding is intended to help hospitals address priority issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms, stated a Sept. 14 release. Projects to support hospitals in their response to COVID-19 will include updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation spaces and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity, and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.
The allocations will be done through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. As part of the funding, Trillium Health Partners will receive $3.4 million for projects across all three of its sites. Projects include replacing HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality, installing upgraded nurse call systems for patients, and repairing roofs and elevators to maintain the facilities.
There will also be an additional $7.4 million to address “ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs” for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
“Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient’s experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott in a statement.