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  • December 09, 2016

Ontario Improving Access to Care in Region of Durham

Province Increasing Investment in Hospitals to Support Patients and Families


December 9, 2016


Ontario is improving access to health care in Durham Region, helping to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that patients and families rely on.

Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson was at Ajax-Pickering Hospital to highlight the new investment. Hospitals in Durham Region are receiving almost $1.6 million this year in additional funding to improve access to care and to reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in Durham Region. Of this, $623,760 is going directly to Ajax-Pickering hospital.

Recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the new investment from the province ensures that all public hospitals in Ontario have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year. Additional funding has been provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities.

Improving access to hospital services is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.


"I have been working very closely with Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins to advocate for an effective plan and increased investments for the Ajax-Pickering hospital that will serve my communities of Ajax-Pickering and the broader West Durham Region.  This new investment is a concrete example of our government's commitment to the community in Ajax-Pickering and the broader West Durham Region."

Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax-Pickering

“In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services. Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population.”

-Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this needed investment as they work to provide care to patients under challenging circumstances. The resources made available, thanks to today’s announcement, will help ensure continued access to high quality health services in communities across Ontario.”

–      Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association


  • Ontario is investing an additional $140 million in public hospitals across the province to ensure that they continue to meet the growing needs of their local communities. This new funding builds on an increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of the 2016 Budget.
  • There are 147 public hospitals in Ontario.
  • According to a recent report from the Fraser Institute, Ontario has the shortest median wait times to see a specialist in the country. The province has committed to further reducing specialist wait times in The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s most recent mandate letter.
  • This year’s $51.8 billion health care budget is a 2.1 per cent increase over last year – greater than the rate of inflation.


2016 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care


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