Ontario Investing Up to $47.8 Million to Expand Thunder Bay Hospital
New Wing Will Enhance Mental Health Care in Northwestern Ontario
Ontario is investing in a new wing at St. Joseph's Hospital in Thunder Bay that will improve care for people with mental health issues across northwestern Ontario.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Wing. The province will invest up to $47.8 million to cover about 90 per cent of the capital costs of the wing, which will house a Specialized Mental Health Program providing programs and services for people with mental illness or who require related services such as active and long-term psychiatric rehabilitation and geriatric psychiatry.
This project is part of the government's record investment in infrastructure. Ontario is investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in roads, bridges, transit, hospitals and schools to strengthen the economy and improve quality of life across the province.
Improving mental health care 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.
- The new wing of St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer 38 inpatient beds, outpatient programs, community support services and videoconferencing to enhance access to specialized mental health care across northwestern Ontario.
- This project will support the government’s efforts to destigmatize mental illness by integrating mental health care into mainstream health care.
- About 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health or substance abuse issue in their lifetimes.
- The government plans to provide more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years to build adequate infrastructure capacity in the health care sector.
“Our government is making an unprecedented investment in infrastructure to improve quality of life for people across Ontario. We are proud to support this infrastructure project at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The new wing will ensure that people in northwestern Ontario can access the high-quality mental health care they deserve.”