Ontario Accepting Proposals to Build the New South Niagara HospitalPublished on October 28, 2021
Niagara Falls - The Ontario government is continuing to support the development of a new state-of-the-art hospital for patients and families in Niagara as part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care and protecting our progress by building a better-connected health care system for all Ontarians. Once complete, the new hospital will add more hospital beds and bring together acute care services, improving access to high-quality health care and making it easier for patients to receive the care they need closer to home.
"It is this government's mission to fortify hospital capacity and ensure that Ontarians can receive world class health care, wherever they live in the Province," said Premier Doug Ford.
"This new hospital gets us closer to providing the people of the Niagara region with direct access to the quality of health care they deserve and a hospital that will fit the needs of its growing population."
With the Ontario government's support, Infrastructure Ontario and Niagara Health have invited teams to respond to a request for proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new South Niagara Hospital. This initiative is in alignment with our government's largest infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history.
Since 2018, Ontario has invested over $19.5 million towards planning the new hospital in Niagara Falls. Currently, Niagara Health operates five separate campuses that serve approximately 450,000 residents across Niagara. Once completed, the new hospital will consolidate and expand acute care services, replacing outdated infrastructure with high tech facilities and supporting better, connected care in the region. In addition to emergency, critical care and surgical services, the South Niagara Hospital will feature several centres of excellence specializing in stroke, complex care, geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, and wellness in aging.
To meet growing demand in the region, the new hospital is planned to have 469 beds, which is 156 more beds than the combined total number of beds at Niagara Health's Port Colborne, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls campuses. Niagara Health will continue to operate the existing facility in St. Catharines, which was opened in 2013, along with the Welland campus.
"Supporting hospital infrastructure projects like the new South Niagara Hospital is a vital part of our government's plan to end hallway health care and build a connected, patient-centred health care system that will support Ontarians for generations to come," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
"The request for proposals brings us one step closer to a new hospital that will ensure patients and families in the Niagara region have access to the high-quality care they need and deserve, when and where they need it."
To further support high-quality health care in Niagara Region, the government has increased Niagara Health's operating funding for the third straight year. Niagara Health will receive over $8.4 million in additional operating funding starting this year, representing an increase of two percent. The hospital will also receive over $1.4 million through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
"Communities are at the heart of everything we do," said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure.
"That is why our government is committed to investing in meaningful infrastructure projects that make a real difference in the health, well-being, and safety of Ontarians, including the South Niagara Hospital that we are celebrating today. In every corner of our province, we are getting shovels in the ground faster, building smarter, and expanding and enhancing critical infrastructure that will pave the way for Ontario to bounce back stronger than ever."
The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22, ensuring our health care system is prepared to protect Ontario's progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.