Pettapiece announces $3.9M for Perth-Wellington hospitals

PERTH-WELLINGTON – Hospitals in Perth-Wellington are set to receive over $3.9 million in funding, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece announced last week.

The funding is part of the province’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). HIRF funding is meant to assist in upgrading, repairing, and maintaining hospital projects.

“As we continue to fight COVID, funding health care remains an important priority,” said Pettapiece. “This funding will help our hospitals and health-care teams obtain and maintain the resources needed to provide high quality services.”

Locally, Listowel Memorial Hospital will receive $222,467. Stratford General Hospital will be allocated half the announced funding total, receiving over $2.1 million.

Guelph Community Health Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington Branch will receive $15,601 and $88,773, respectively, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF). CIRF funding provides grants to eligible community-based Health Service Providers (HSPs) to support minor infrastructure renewal projects.

These investments are part of a larger $182.6 million investment into 133 hospitals and 63 community health service providers (CHSPs) across Ontario. A total of $175 million will be going to hospitals while the remaining $7.6 million will be allocated to CHSPs.

A total of $50 million from the HIRF will be used by hospitals for urgent projects. Projects include those that support the COVID-19 response, such as upgrading HVAC systems to enhance patient and worker safety.

“These important investments will help build our health care capacity for years to come,” added Pettapiece. “It will also allow us to address the immediate issue of COVID-19.

“You cannot put a price on protecting the health of our hardworking health-care heroes. They have gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic, and I thank them for that.”