Ontario Improving Health Care Facilities for Chatham-Kent Area Patients
Province Upgrading CKHA Wallaceburg Site Hospital
Ontario is ensuring that patients in Chatham-Kent will continue to receive high quality health care close to home by supporting the building of a new power generating facility at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Wallaceburg campus.
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, on behalf of Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was in Wallaceburg today to make the announcement.
Once completed, the new facility will replace aging infrastructure with new boilers, generators and electrical distribution equipment to meet the future needs of the community and ensure that patients and their families continue to receive the care they need, close to home.
This expansion is part of the province's plan to enhance hospital services in Chatham-Kent, which also includes support to replace the heating and cooling distribution systems through the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP). This program helps hospitals save energy and encourages the use of more renewable energy technologies. Last year, 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province were funded through the program.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving $1.5 million for the Wallaceburg campus through the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP).
- Last year, Ontario invested $64 million in carbon market proceeds through HEEP to fund 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province.
- Ontario is improving hospitals by investing an additional $822 million in 2018–19 — an increase of 4.6 per cent. This includes $2.02 million for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
- The 2018 Budget includes proposed investments of $575 million per year by 2020-21 to align the seniors pharmacare program with OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare; an additional $2.1 billion for mental health and addictions care over the next four years; an additional $822 million in 2018-19 for hospital operating funding $650 million over the next three years to improve home and community care services.
- The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and review the plan at least every five years.
“Hospitals need modern infrastructure to deliver the care their communities need. With this investment, we are ensuring that the people of Chatham-Kent will continue to access high quality services today and in the future.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“I am pleased that this funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will provide for the construction of a new power plant with modern equipment, and facilitate the delivery of the health care services that the community needs at the Wallaceburg hospital site.”
“Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's Wallaceburg site plays an important role in health care for many of the community members we serve. The funding to support the building of a new power plant is the first step in enhancing services at the Wallaceburg site and reaffirms our commitment to program and service delivery in the community.”