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Ont. upgrading hospital HVAC systems

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The Ontario government is investing $175 million in 2020 to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients.

“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Elliott. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient’s experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”

As part of the funding, Trillium Health Partners will receive over $3.4 million to support projects across all three sites. Projects include replacing HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality, installing newer and more reliable nurse call systems for patients, and repairing roofs and elevators to maintain the facilities.

The announcement was made by Christine Elliot, deputy premier and minister of health. The funding is part of the Ontario government’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

“Ontario hospitals greatly appreciate this investment in critical infrastructure projects as it will improve quality of care for patients in communities across the province,” said Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association.

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