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Ontario Updating and Repairing Community Health Facilities in Kingston

Helping People Access Safe and High-Quality Health Care Close to Home

Ontario is investing in two community health facilities in Kingston to help people get high-quality care close to home, in a safe, healthy and accessible environment.

Sophie Kiwala MPP for Kingston and the Islands announced funding today for local community health service providers to repair and upgrade their facilities, making them more accessible and enhancing quality of care.

Through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund the province is investing $148,925. at Addictions and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (AMHS-KFLA) and Providence Care facilities:

  • Providence Care is receiving $46,925. to complete loading dock repairs at its 525 Montreal Street community location.
  • AMHS-KFLA is receiving $102,000. for building envelope repairs, chimney repairs, eavestrough replacement, and roof replacement.

This fund is helping 68 community health service providers across the province to support crucial infrastructure projects, including replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

QUOTES

 “By investing in community health infrastructure, we will help ensure that community health organizations can keep their facilities in a good state of repair, make them accessible, and continue to provide high-quality care, close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I am pleased that the Ontario government continues to help us locally by supporting community health care facilities. These projects at Addictions and Mental Health Services and Providence Care support building infrastructure which will ensure they continue to provide high-quality health care in safe and healthy environments for patients, their families, and the community.”
– Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Riding


“AMHS-KFLA is very pleased to see the government of Ontario investing in essential infrastructure for community services, allowing our organization to allocate crucial resources toward supports urgently needed by mental health and addictions clients.”
-Don Seymour, AMHS-KFLA, CEO

“We are grateful for this investment in infrastructure for community services at Providence Care. As an organization that provides services beyond the walls of the hospital – in the community and in our long-term care home – the maintenance of our many community sites, is an important component of the overall quality of care experienced by our patients and clients at Providence Care. These projects are essential to extend the life of our facilities and to ensure that they run smoothly and safely for years to come.”
– Cathy Szabo, President & CEO, Providence Care

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) investments have increased 78 per cent from last year, up from $4.1 million to $7.3 million, which will support 68 communities across 85 sites province-wide.
  • Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs, including primary care, community mental health and addictions, allied health care (e.g., physical therapists, occupational and respiratory therapists, dietitians, speech language pathologists and audiologists) and health promotion (e.g., not-for-profit programs and services delivered by a public health unit).
  • Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario's total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.

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Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

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