Investments will build more than 3,000 new hospital beds.
TORONTO — Hallway health care is a significant problem that continues to strain Ontario's hospitals and
health care system. Across Ontario, too many patients are left waiting too long for the care they need.
That's why Ontario's Government for the People is taking a major step forward in its plans to end hallway
health care by investing $27 billion over the next 10 years in essential hospital infrastructure projects
across the province. These investments will build critical frontline care capacity by creating more than
3,000 new hospital beds.
"With these long-overdue infrastructure investments, we will ease the crippling pressures plaguing
Ontario's hospitals and empower nurses and doctors to provide better, faster care," said Christine Elliott,
Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "These investments make crystal clear our
government's commitment to protecting what matters most to Ontarian's, including our public health care
To mark the government's landmark investments, Elliott was joined by caucus colleagues, hospital staff,
frontline care providers and patient and family advisors. Together they also celebrated the grand opening
of Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph's Health Centre's newly expanded mental health emergency services
unit. With these much-needed infrastructure investments, Ontario can ease pressures on hospitals as the
province builds a modern, sustainable and integrated public health care system focused on the needs of
"The new mental health emergency services unit is a perfect example of the types of health infrastructure
projects that will help build capacity, provide specialized supports and help end hallway health care in
Ontario," said Elliott. "Every part of our plan to end hallway health care and build a modern, sustainable
and integrated health care system starts and ends with the patient."
In addition to investments in creating more beds, the government is making renewal investments to
ensure that long-neglected facilities across the province are properly maintained.
"As an emergency physician, I have witnessed the challenges a busy emergency department can bring
for patients seeking care for a mental health or addictions crisis," said Dr. Tim Rutledge, president and
CEO of Unity Health Toronto, which consists of St. Joseph's, Providence Healthcare and St. Michael's
Hospital. "With this new mental health unit at St. Joseph's Health Centre, we now have a facility that will
help us provide the very best for our patients with compassion and human dignity at the forefront."
The government is taking a comprehensive approach to ending hallway health care, including additional
investments in increased hospital operational funding, mental health and addiction services and building
long-term care beds, as well as home care funding and community care funding, both of which will let
Ontario's seniors live at home longer.
Ontario invested $4 million towards the expansion of St. Joseph Health Centre's mental health
emergency services unit that is expected to start serving patients on April 24, 2019.
With financial support from the government, this modernized unit now includes nine private
patient rooms that will increase access to emergency mental health care, helping alleviate
pressures put on emergency rooms and hospitals.
The renovated mental health emergency services unit will allow for better patient privacy, provide
more space for current patient volumes, improve patient and staff safety and make patient
admissions and flow easier.
With the expansion project now complete, St. Joseph's mental health emergency services unit
has increased in size from 2,365 sq. ft. to 4,005 sq. ft.