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  • November 25, 2016

Ontario Improving Access to Care in the Hamilton Region

Ontario is improving access to care in our Region by investments for St. Josephs Healthcare and Hamilton Health Sciences. This support will help to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that patients and families rely on.


Recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the new investment from the province ensures that all public hospitals in Ontario have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year. Additional funding has been provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities.


Improving access to hospital services is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients 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 support for our outstanding local hospitals is great news. As always we need to ensure that Ontario’s patients are at the centre of the system. Investments like these ensure we continue to receive quality care in our Hamilton area community.”

-Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale

“We applaud the Ontario government’s additional investment in hospitals throughout the province, including Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton.  This investment recognizes the important work hospitals do and will help ensure people throughout the Hamilton area and across the LHIN have timely access to expert care at every stage of life.”

-Laurie Ryan-Hill, Acting Chair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network


 “In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services. Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this needed investment as they work to provide care to patients under challenging circumstances. The resources made available, thanks to today’s announcement, will help ensure continued access to high quality health services in communities across Ontario.”

–      Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association





  • Ontario is investing an additional $140 million in public hospitals across the province to ensure that they continue to meet the growing needs of their local communities. This new funding builds on an increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of the 2016 Budget.
  • There are 147 public hospitals in Ontario.
  • Hospital funding in Ontario has increased more than 2 per cent, from $17 billion in 2013-14 to $17.4 billion in 2016-17.  
  • This year’s $51.8 billion health care budget is a 2.1 per cent increase over last year – greater than the rate of inflation.




2016 Ontario Budget


Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care





For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin at 905-690-6552




News                                                                                              November 25, 2016



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