Lake-Of-The-Woods District Hospital Receiving $1.1 Million in Additional Funding

Published on June 18, 2020

Ontario is delivering on a key promise to continue investing in hospitals in Kenora and across Northwestern Ontario, recognizing long-standing funding inequities for small-and-medium-sized hospitals. As part of this year’s funding, the Lake-Of-The-Woods District Hospital is receiving an additional $1,095,300 in funding for 2020/21, a 3.6% increase, to meet current and future demands for regular services.

“By investing in small-and-medium-sized hospitals, our government is affirming its commitment to build a sustainable and connected health care system across the province,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “This goal is particularly important in rural and northern communities like ours, and the people of Kenora will benefit from this investment for years to come.”

“We were delighted to be informed that our base funding would be increased by $1.1 Million for 2020/21,” said Ray Racette, CEO of the Lake-of-the-Woods District Hospital. “We extend our appreciation to the Province for recognizing our needs, and to Minister Greg Rickford, our MPP, for his advocacy, support and commitment to health care in our region. Stabilizing our base funding has been a key goal for the hospital and comes at a key time as we face increasing pressure for improving the scope of service we offer locally to improve access.”

On March 25, our government released Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, which included $935 million more in new investments for Ontario hospitals this year. As part of that funding, $594 million will support hospitals to meet current and future demands for regular services. This represents approximately a 3% overall increase in funding to the hospital sector.

“Our government is working with our hospital partners to fix the long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small- and medium-sized hospitals,” said Christine Elliott Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “That’s why we’ve annualized last year’s historic investment of $68 million for small- and medium-sized hospital to address these inequities, provide continued financial relief to hospitals in northern Ontario, and ensure patients can access the care they need no matter where they live.”