Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. (Submitted photo)Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. (Submitted photo)

New Health Funding for Perth Wellington

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece has announced Hospitals in the riding are set to receive over $3.9 million in funding

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.

Stratford General gets over $2.1 million, North Wellington Healthcare will receive just over $1million. Funding for Groves Memorial Community Hospital comes in at $ 150,000, while St. Marys Memorial Hospital will receive $ 436,246, and Listowel Memorial Hospital will see an extra $ 222,467.

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

Additional HIRF funding will go to Guelph General Hospital in the amount of $533,250 and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph will receive $289,704, Pettapiece announced.

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 being 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 healthcare 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 healthcare heroes. They have gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic, and I thank them for that.”

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