Investment Will Help Two Health Service Agencies in Quinte Region
Ontario is providing $4.1 million in 2016–17 to community health service providers across the province to keep these agencies in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
In Quinte Region, three projects will receive $99,000 this year through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF). These investments include:
- Belleville & Quinte West Community Health Centre
– $25,000 to ensure privacy for clients and infection control
– $52,000 to upgrade windows and repair water damage
- Sexual Assault Centre Quinte & District
– $22,000 to upgrade the main electrical service to eliminate health and safety issues
Across Ontario, 59 community health service providers at 70 sites will receive funding to support crucial infrastructure projects to extend the useful life of their facilities, improve accessibility and enhance quality of care. Projects may include upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, HVAC systems and fire alarms.
Increased investment in community health care is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan provides clients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy, and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“This is an important investment in crucial infrastructure to improve health care facilities. It is one of the ways in which we are working hard to ensure the people of Ontario receive the best care possible.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Providing infrastructure funding to community health service providers is part of our commitment to put patients first and ensures that Ontarians receive care in a safe and healthy environment. Important investments like this one help to build a health care system that delivers high-quality care today and a sustainable system in the future.
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Investments in community health sector infrastructure will help to maintain these key agencies to ensure a safe and secure surrounding. I’m pleased that we continue to make these critical investments to upgrade our health sector facilities as part of our patients first commitment.”
– Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West
“We are pleased about this important investment for our community sector agencies, which allow health service providers to upgrade and complete various infrastructure improvements to support their facilities and enhance the quality of care patients receive.”
– Paul Huras, Chief Executive Officer, South East LHIN
- Since 2013, seven new hospitals have been built in five communities: Toronto, Oakville, London, Hamilton and Cornwall.
- Community Health Service Providers are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide a range of community programs including primary care, community mental health and addictions, and residential treatment programs.
- Ontario’s health care budget has increased from $47.6 billion in 2012–13 to a total of $51.8 billion in 2016–17.
- Last week, Ontario released the Premier’s mandate letters to ministers, which provide further details on how ministers will deliver on key priorities, including health care.
Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.