Toronto Hospitals Receive Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Toronto to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $4,919,994 in North York General Hospital, $12,241,227 for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, $189,600 in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Regional Geriatric Centre and $950,300 in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.


This investment in Toronto is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would:

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.


Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

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


“Our hospitals have faced mounting pressures and challenges that have pushed providers to work hard and think creatively while delivering exceptional, high-quality patient care. This investment is a strong indicator of our government’s commitment in one of our province’s most precious resources: the health of our people.”

— Michael Coteau, MPP, Don Valley East


"This additional funding demonstrates the government's continued commitment to build capacity, reduce wait times and improve access to the specialized care our hospitals provide across Toronto.  I'm confident this investment will go a long way in supporting the delivery of high quality care in hospitals as part of an integrated health care system in the Toronto Central LHIN that puts the needs of patients first."


— Susan Fitzpatrick, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)


"The kids and youth we serve at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital come from across the province, from indigenous reserves to major urban cities.   They can easily have up to a dozen or more healthcare providers and multiple, overlapping conditions.  This funding investment will help provide faster access to specialized care and support transitioning kids back to their homes as soon as possible." 

— Julia Hanigsberg, president and CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


"The role of the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is to plan, fund and integrate health care services for our local hospitals along with over 90 other health care service providers. Improving health care access and creating a more patient-centred system is central to our mandate. This additional investment will help provide more care for more people."

– Kim Baker, CEO, Central LHIN



  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.



2017 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

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