$9.1 Million in Added Hospital Funding for Northwest

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will receive just over $4 million in base and one-time funding for 2017-18.

The Ontario is putting an additional $9,190,895 in Northwestern Ontario Hospitals to provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

Hospital Name Total Opening Base Funding for 2017/18 (as of Feb. 28, 2017)  2017/18 Total Base and One-time investments
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre             197,698,207                4,011,984
Nipigon District Memorial Hospital                6,462,480                   129,200
St. Joseph’s Care Group               86,875,553                2,304,100
Atikokan General Hospital                7,538,058                   150,800
Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre               31,664,974                   633,300
Geraldton District Hospital                9,833,390                   196,700
Lake of the Woods District Hospital               27,748,354                   555,011
Manitouwadge General Hospital                5,021,663                   100,400
The Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital Corporation                6,485,649                   129,700
Dryden Regional Health Centre               18,746,956                   374,900
North of Superior Healthcare Group               11,180,774                   223,600
Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc.               24,907,970                   498,200

This investment in Northwestern Ontario 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.


“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,” comments Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“I am proud of our province’s commitment to hospitals in Northwestern Ontario. These investments allow for improved patient outcomes in our communities and ensure that people can get the best possible care at the right time in the right location. This announcement along with the new OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare Program greatly contributes to the quality of life in Thunder Bay and the region,” states Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay- Atikokan.

“We welcome this funding for new hospital infrastructure projects which represents an exciting opportunity to address growing demands for health care services through innovative improvements and expansions to hospitals across the Province.  This investment will continue to support the good work that hospitals are doing today and improve access to care and better health outcomes going forward for people of the Northwest region and beyond,” says Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West 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.


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