Ontario Investing up to $11.3 Million to Expand and Modernize Atikokan General Hospital
Construction Begins to Improve Access to Health Care in Atikokan
Ontario is investing up to $11.3 million to build a new addition at the Atikokan General Hospital and renovate existing space to give patients better access to care.
Through this project, patients in the Atikokan community will benefit from:
- A modern facility that delivers better coordinated and integrated acute and long-term care
- Four new acute care beds, bringing the total to 15 beds
- Four new long-term care beds, bringing the total to 26 beds
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
Investing in priority infrastructure, including hospitals, is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Through this project, about 6,200 square feet of the existing facility will be renovated and about 8,900 square feet will be added as part of the addition.
- Modernizing public infrastructure will support more than 110,000 jobs a year on average in construction and related industries.
- A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario’s public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
- Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
“Today’s event marks the start of construction to renovate and expand the Atikokan General Hospital. Through this project, patients in Atikokan and the surrounding community will have better access to hospital services closer to home and in the community.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“Our government’s investment of up to $11.3 million into the Atikokan General Hospital means a more modern facility that will deliver better coordinated and integrated acute and long-term care. These upgrades will continue to improve access to health care for the people of Atikokan. I’m proud of our government’s record of continued investment into small, rural and northern hospitals.”
“We are very excited to begin work on this important project for the community of Atikokan. The results of this project will allow us to provide increased quality care to our patients and residents.”