Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy Supporting New Hospital in BramptonPublished on March 31, 2021
Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy Supporting New Hospital in Brampton
The Ontario government is delivering a long-awaited new hospital for the people of Brampton. The 2021 Budget includes an additional $3 billion investment in health care infrastructure over 10 years, which will support the transformation of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness ("Peel Memorial") in Brampton from a day facility into a new inpatient hospital with a 24/7 Emergency Department. The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, brings the government's total investment to protect people's health to $16.3 billion.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South, and Amarjot Sandhu, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton West.
"Thanks to years of under investment, Brampton has waited far too long for access to the health care services their growing city needs," said Premier Ford. "In the 2021 Budget, our government is finally delivering a new hospital and 24/7 Emergency Department for the great people of Brampton."
Currently, Peel Memorial is an urgent care centre that provides a range of day procedures and outpatient services. To support the transformation of Peel Memorial into a new hospital, the province will fund the construction of over 250 net new beds at the site. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023. The province is also providing up to $18 million in 2021-22 to expand the urgent care centre to 24/7 operations, paving the way for an eventual emergency department as Peel Memorial expands into an inpatient hospital.
"Ontario's hospitals have been on the frontlines of the province's COVID-19 response, and our government is committed to ensuring they have the infrastructure and tools they need to continue delivering exceptional care to our communities," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "By supporting the transformation of Peel Memorial, this investment will help improve access to care for patients in the region, while also expanding hospital capacity and helping to end hallway health care."
The investments in Peel Memorial will allow the people of Brampton to have access to 24/7 hospital services including urgent care, complex continuing care, enhanced mental health, and rehabilitation for patients and their families.
Last year, William Osler received up to 87 hospital beds to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times as part of the government's investment of $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province.
"With Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, we are accelerating our long-standing work with a more than $30 billion plan to build, expand, and improve hospitals across the province over the next ten years," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. "No government has committed to invest more in Ontario hospitals. This includes a historic and overdue investment for the Peel Region to ensure people can access care when they need in their community."
Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. With vaccines being distributed, hope is on the horizon. Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy provides the resources necessary to finish the battle with COVID-19, building on the government's record investments to protect health and jobs during the global pandemic.