FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021
BANCROFT – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced today that Ontario will provide a 3.6-per-cent increase in operational funding for Quinte Health Care hospitals in 2021-2022 with an additional $5,898,700 in new investment above estimated base and one-time funding in 2020-2021.
The $169,960,095 in funding, which builds on increased investments over the past two years, is among $778 million across the province dedicated to meet current and future demands for service and it includes base funding and one-time allocations. Built into the allocations are monies recognizing growth in the hospital sector as well as targeted funding toward key Ministry of Health priorities. Funded initiatives include additional funding for priority services related to increasing volumes related to cancer, renal, cardiac, neuro-services, and stroke, as well as hip and knee surgeries and MRI scans.
“By providing annualized funding increases, our government is delivering Quinte Health Care the stability it requires to ensure high levels of service in each of its four hospitals to meet the health-care needs of our growing communities,” said Smith. “These investments not only address our commitment to end hallway health care, but they also support one of the biggest economic drivers in our region.”
Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, said the investments also recognize the importance of a strong hospital system as Ontario weathers the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The additional funding being announced today is partly due in recognition of the tremendous effort by Quinte Health Care over the past 16 months during the pandemic. It also will aid in helping resume full operations, including overcoming the many backlogs that have been incurred,” said Kramp. “We are proud to make this announcement at the North Hastings site emphasizing the important role that rural hospitals, such as this, play in providing compassionate care close to home."
Stacey Daub, Quinte Health Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer, was pleased with the news.
“We are grateful for the investment in our community hospitals, and for the ongoing advocacy of our local MPPs Todd Smith and Daryl Kramp, who have been great champions for investing in, and strengthening, local health care,” said Daub. “This investment recognizes the unique role rural and medium-sized hospitals play in our communities and their importance to the health and wellness of the people we serve.”
The announcement was also well received in the local community, said Kim Bishop, the Chair of the North Hastings Fund Development Committee.
“This morning’s announcement, made at QHC North Hastings, is welcome news from the provincial government. For years, the funding of multi-site hospitals has been inadequate. This funding will allow health-care organizations like QHC to focus on sustainable care throughout the region. We are delighted the announcement is taking place in North Hastings, a clear indication North Hastings continues to remain a recognized, vital part of the health-care community that QHC serves,” said Bishop.
Smith indicated the funding announcement does not include allocations from the $1.2-billion commitment the Province made in March to help hospitals recover from COVID-19, including $696.6 million to cover historic working fund deficits and $572.3 million to address financial challenges driven by COVID-19, including direct costs and loss of revenue streams. Those allocations will be released later this year.
- The $778 million in new investments for 2021-2022 represent a 3.4-per-cent increase for the hospital sector. All public hospitals are receiving a minimum one-per-cent increase, while small, children’s and complex continuing care/rehab hospitals are receiving at least two per cent.
- According to Ontario Health data, Quinte Health Care’s base funding has increased annually over the past six years from $139,915,221 to $167,832,552.
- Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has invested over $5.1 billion to ensure that every person requiring care in hospital can access a bed. That funding has included the creation of 3,100 additional hospital beds, $760 million in 2021-2022 to help hospitals continue to respond to COVID-19, $300 million in 2021-2022 to reduce surgical backlogs, and a range of additional supports.
- Learn more about how Ontario is strengthening its health-care system by visiting www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/premiers_council/report.aspx and www.ontario.ca/page/improving-health-care-ontario.
- Find out more about Ontario’s response to COVID-19 at covid-19.ontario.ca.
Canada and Ontario partner to invest $1,869,172 in Bay of Quinte communities to respond to impacts of COVID-19
For immediate release
BAY OF QUINTE — The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. Communities across Ontario are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and need immediate assistance to ensure their municipal and community infrastructure is safe and reliable.
That is why both levels of government have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times. This includes a combined investment of $22.2 million to support infrastructure in communities to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.
Today, Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis and MPP Todd Smith announced $1,869,172 in joint funding for five projects within the City of Belleville, the City of Quinte West, the County of Hastings, and the County of Prince Edward to improve municipal infrastructure.
This investment is being made through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a cost-shared, application-based infrastructure funding opportunity.
The Government of Canada is investing over $1,495,337 toward these five projects while the Government of Ontario is contributing more than $373,834.
Funding announced today will support upgrades to improve and protect important municipal buildings such as town centres and emergency and healthcare facilities. Additional investments will rehabilitate recreational and community infrastructure across Eastern Ontario, and include improvements to local trail and pedestrian path systems. These investments will provide thousands of residents with access to modern recreational infrastructure where they can safely maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
The supported projects are as follows:
City of Belleville – Community Trail, Park, and Playground Enhancements, $920,000
This project will upgrade five parks and create a new dog park within the City. The work will involve upgrading play structures in Cascade, Haig, and Stanley Park, extending the trail and adding furnishings in Bird Park, while upgrading spectator facilities at Mary-Ann Sills Park. That work includes moving light poles, pouring concrete pads for bleachers, and adding fencing. In addition, a new dog park will be created north of Hwy 401 by fencing in an area and adding bleachers.
City of Belleville – River Road sidewalk reconstruction, $202,996
This project will reconstruct the River Road sidewalk.
City of Quinte West – Centennial Park Waterfront Trail expansion, $447,002
This project will expand active transportation infrastructure in Quinte West. The work will involve constructing a new pathway, planting trees, and adding sod, planting beds, accessible picnic tables, bike racks, benches, and solar lighting units.
County of Hastings – Hastings Manor Long-Term Care flooring project, $100,000
This project will replace the tile floor in the common areas and corridors on the second floor at the Hastings Manor in Belleville.
County of Prince Edward – Prince Edward County council chambers expansion, $199,174
The municipal building, Shire Hall, will be renovated by expanding the council chambers and public gallery and improving livestream technology and accessibility.
“I am proud to share the federal government’s investment in our community infrastructure to develop and renovate municipal buildings, community centres and cultural facilities, providing safe and inclusive spaces for all residents of the Bay of Quinte. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities. I am very pleased to see the positive changes in the Bay of Quinte as we continue to move forward with our provincial, municipal, and community partners.”
Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Commumities
“These grants through the ICIP partnership improve quality of life for people across Bay of Quinte by enhancing public spaces in our communities. The approved projects will extend safety and accessibility and create good jobs within our region. Our Province is pleased to work with the federal government to support local municipalities through this pandemic.”
The Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Member of Provincial Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure
"During the past year the importance of our outdoor recreational facilities has escalated as residents seek ways to safely enjoy the outdoors. This infrastructure funding from the federal and provincial governments enables us to improve current park spaces and create exciting new options for our community. We appreciate this support and will pursue planned outdoor initiatives with these resources."
Mitch Panciuk, Mayor, City of Belleville
"We are incredibly grateful to receive this funding. With it, we will improve and expand the outdoor recreation amenities available in Centennial Park. Residents are spending more time outdoors, and we look forward to further developing one of our most popular outdoor attractions."
Jim Harrison, Mayor, City of Quinte West
“The County of Hastings is pleased to receive $100,000 through the ICIP COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. As our long-term care homes age, we undertake necessary yearly upgrades to ensure the safety of our resident but also just as important is ensuring that the home is maintained to the highest standards. Hastings Manor is home to 253 residents who deserve to live in an environment that is safe and welcoming and feels like home. This replacement of the 2nd Floor flooring is the final phase of the flooring upgrades required in the resident home areas and we are excited to have this project completed,”
Rick Phillips, Warden, County of Hastings
The Shire Hall Council Chambers has provided the forum for public municipal meetings in some form for almost 150 years. This historically important space plays an important role in our local government. However, COVID-19 and the associated restrictions have served to reinforce the limitations of this space for our modern world. Thanks to this funding from the federal and provincial government, the County of Prince Edward will have the option to consider addressing the accessibility and technological challenges of the Council Chambers and reduce the barriers to participating in the democratic process at the local level.
Steve Ferguson, Mayor, County of Prince Edward
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
- To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
- The new COVID-19 Resilience stream will provide up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding for infrastructure projects across Ontario, including: up to $700 million for education-related projects; an allocation-based program that will deliver up to $250 million to municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs and; up to $100 million for long-term care projects. Part of the local government infrastructure funding includes a minimum of $6.5 million in shared federal-provincial funding for Indigenous and off-reserve education projects.
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
Ontario Builds Project Map
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021
BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is providing up to $447,975 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Bay of Quinte. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following project(s):
- City of Belleville - Geospatial Strategy and Roadmap Project
- Prince Edward County - Service Delivery Review for Municipal Buildings and Properties
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “These projects will ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars.”
Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.
“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”
Municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.
Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.
- In March, Ontario announced $10 million through the Audit and Accountability Fund to help large municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services during COVID-19.
- The historic federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding to support municipalities throughout COVID-19.
- Ontario is also providing municipalities with almost $1 billion in additional financial relief in 2021 to help preserve vital public services and support economic recovery. This includes $500 million to help municipalities address their ongoing COVID-19 operating costs, $255 million under the Social Services Relief Fund, and $150 million for transit.
- Ontario continues to call on the federal government to increase its funding for municipalities, which will be critical as they continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
- For a complete list of allocations, please see ontario.ca/en/release/1000446/Ontario-supports-modernization-of-small-and-rural-municipalities.
- Learn more about Ontario’s response to COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19.