Health Care Infrastructure Upgrades Lake of the Woods District Hospital

Published on October 14, 2021

KENORA - The Ontario government is investing $477,150 this year to support critical health care infrastructure work in Kenora’s Lake of the Woods District Hospital. As part of the government’s $175 million investment provided to hospitals through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will be used for urgent upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. This will ensure that patients can to continue to access the care they need in safe, comfortable environments and that the local health care system is prepared to respond as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

“Our government is committed to supporting hospitals and health care facilities in Northwestern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “This investment will enhance the quality of care, comfort and safety for patients, staff and families across our community.”

Provincial funding provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund helps hospitals address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and backup generators. A total of $50 million from the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will be used by hospitals for urgent projects, including those that support the health system response to COVID-19.

“Upgrading and maintaining hospitals and community health infrastructure is one more way our government is ensuring Ontarians receive exceptional care when they need it and closer to home,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These crucial investments will build the capacity needed to end hallway health care, while ensuring our hospitals have the tools they need to improve the patient care and continue respond to COVID-19.”

The government continues to make record investments to support world-class hospitals across the province and ensure the system is responsive to any scenario. In March 2021, the government committed up to $696.6 million in funding to help cover historic working funds deficits and strengthen hospitals’ financial stability.

Through the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, the government is providing a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments to hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds, as well as a $778 million increase in operational funding to ensure publicly funded hospitals will

receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to meet patient needs and ensure high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario. Of the $778 million funding for 2021-2022, the Ontario Health North region hospitals received $33 million.

“Lake of the Woods District Hospital is very appreciative of the $477,150 funding approval by the Ministry of Health from the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This approval will enable the hospital to address urgent infrastructure needs in our patient care spaces, a key challenge we face in our aging facility”, said Ray Racette, President and CEO of Lake of the Woods District Hospital. “We also extend appreciation to Minister Greg Rickford for his ongoing advocacy for investing in our infrastructure renewal”.