Ontario Building a Stronger, More Resilient Health Care System in PeelPublished on April 03, 2022
$21 million investment will deliver new inpatient hospital with 24/7 emergency department to Peel.
Peel Region — As part of its plan to build a stronger, more resilient health care system that is better prepared to respond to crisis, the Ontario government is investing $21 million to expand William Osler Health System. This funding will help transform Peel Memorial into a new inpatient hospital with 24/7 emergency department and expand cancer care at Brampton Civic Hospital. These projects will improve access to much-needed services in Peel, so local families continue to receive the high-quality care they need and deserve closer to home.
“For decades, the people of Brampton have been desperate for the new hospital that their growing community needs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “While previous governments were fine with doing the bare minimum, our government is getting it done and delivering the new inpatient hospital with a 24/7 emergency department that the people and families of Brampton deserve.”
As part of the 2021 Budget, the government announced $18 million to expand the Peel Memorial urgent care centre to 24/7 operations while awaiting plans for a new inpatient hospital. Today, the government is building on that investment with an additional $18 million to plan Peel Memorial’s transformation into an inpatient hospital with a new 24/7 emergency department. The new inpatient hospital will reduce wait times and expand services, including enhanced seniors care, mental health and addictions, rehabilitation and complex continuing care for patients and their families.
As part of this transformation, William Osler Health System is planning to provide post-acute care at Peel Memorial Hospital for patients recovering from an acute care stay before they safely return home. Bringing this specialized care to Peel Memorial will enable more acute care beds to be added to Brampton Civic Hospital. Over 250 new inpatient acute and post-acute care beds are planned to be added to William Osler Health System, which will significantly increase capacity. The new beds and expanded services at Peel Memorial and Brampton Civic Hospital will help William Osler Health System meet the needs of Brampton and the surrounding communities as they continue to grow.
“Our government continues to make key investments to end hallway health care and build a stronger, more resilient health care system for all Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By expanding William Osler Health System, we’re ensuring that patients and families in Brampton and the surrounding communities can access high-quality care for generations to come.”
The government’s $21 million investment also includes $3 million to support planning to expand cancer care services at Brampton Civic Hospital. This funding will help William Osler Health System plan to add new services and capacity for six medical linear accelerators to provide radiation treatment. This will make it easier for patients to access lifesaving treatment and high-quality cancer care closer to home.
“We are working hard to ensure all Ontarians have access to the high-quality health care and services they need most in their daily lives,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. "We are committed to investing in critical health care infrastructure projects like the expansion of the William Osler Health System. This project will help support the growing demands on the health care system in Brampton, while also ensuring that people can get the quality care they need and deserve in their communities. Through our government’s infrastructure investments, we are building a stronger and more resilient future for the people of Ontario.”
- William Osler Health System provides care to 1.3 million people in Brampton, Etobicoke and the surrounding communities across its five sites – Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital, Peel Memorial, a withdrawal management centre and a reactivation care unit. Since 2017, Peel Memorial has provided residents with an innovative outpatient facility that features easy access to a variety of health care services.
- To support high-quality care in Brampton and the surrounding communities, the Ontario government increased William Osler Health System’s operating funding for the third straight year. In the 2021-22 fiscal year, the hospital received over $16.5 million in additional operating funding, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent to the operating funding the hospital received in 2020-21.
- William Osler Health System received over $9.8 million for 2020-21 lost revenue as a result of the pandemic in order to provide financial stability and support continued high-quality patient care. This funding is part of the government’s over $1.2 billion investment to help hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by COVID-19.
- As part of the government’s $760 million commitment in the 2021 Budget to support the continuation of over 3,100 hospital beds opened during the pandemic, William Osler received funding for up to 81 acute beds and six ICU beds.
- To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario’s investments over the next 10 years will lead to $30 billion in health infrastructure across the province. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.