FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019
Belleville – Ontario is investing in the health and safety of hospital patients in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties by addressing urgent repair and maintenance needs at Quinte Health Care (QHC) hospitals in 2019-2020.
Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced this morning that QHC would receive a $1,215,781 allocation through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). The funding will provide for a repaired roof and windows at Belleville General Hospital, a new boiler at Trenton Memorial Hospital, and a new building automation system, essential for air handling, at North Hastings Hospital.
“These investments will help ensure the patients in our local hospitals can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Smith. “Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning systems can make worlds of difference to a patient’s experience.”
Smith added the upgrades might allow QHC to save money on utilities costs and reinvest directly in front-line care, creating a positive impact for the patients and their families.
The funding is part of a $175-million commitment to 131 hospitals this year through the HRIF. Kramp said the investments are timely and an important piece of the government’s ongoing effort to modernize Ontario’s world-class health care system.
“Ontario has a plan to build a connected and sustainable public health-care system centered on the needs of patients, including over $27 billion over 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects,” said Kramp. “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is one more example of how we are working toward ensuring that Ontarians have the health-care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end hallway health care.”
That long-term infrastructure plan includes the redevelopment of QHC’s Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Smith noted the Ministry of Health continues to have ongoing discussions with QHC regarding the hospital and the parties have agreed on its scope, based on QHC’s Stage 2 functional program submission. The ministry is in the reviews process to move the project on to the next stage.
QHC Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Brad Harrington was pleased with the immediate benefit through the HIRF allocation.
“This is exceptional news – and during the festive season! Infrastructure dollars are essential to our hospital operations and our ability to extend exceptional patient care at QHC hospitals,” Harrington said. “For the past few years, we have been under-funded in this area – and today’s announcement brings QHC’s HRIF up to a more equitable level above $1.2 million. That’s an increase of $500,000 compared to the level received over the past few years.”
- In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- Improving health care in Ontario (www.ontario.ca/improving-health-care-ontario)
- Building a Connected Public Health Care System for the Patient (news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/02/building-a-connected-public-health-care-system-for-the-patient.html)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019
BELLEVILLE – Ontario is committed to putting people back to work with a focus on job training and personal development. A commitment of $900,000 will help multi-barriered individuals in the Quinte region get job-ready, by teaching them hard and soft skills to better position them for sustainable, long-term employment.
The project - funded through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and run through Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-HPE) – will connect people with food service industry jobs, including those with disabilities, a lack of formal education or homelessness.
“I’m very proud of the work that the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Hastings and Prince Edward branch is doing to ensure people of all abilities are able to contribute to our community,” said Todd Smith, MPP for the Bay of Quinte. “Having a job is so much more than collecting a paycheque, it’s about the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching one’s potential.”
Today’s announcement builds on Ontario government’s work to create meaningful paths to employment, and ensure people have the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy. Within 10 weeks, IN-Spire Futures plans to take on its first cohort of candidates who will complete a 10-week course. The skills obtained through programs like IN-Spire Futures are extremely valuable for those seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce.
“This is an incredible project that will help those who face barriers when it comes to finding work,” said Smith. “This will have a transformative impact not only on these individuals, but also on the public services that support them, and on our broader Quinte region economy.”
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development for Ontario agreed the program will benefit both participants and employers within the region.
"Our government is committed to helping people develop the skills and knowledge to get good jobs in high-demand areas," said McNaughton. "By funding this project, we are creating potential careers for people with barriers to employment and helping employers get the talent they need to support their businesses."
CMHA’s training will be delivering its training at the industrial kitchen on-site at “IN-Spire Café”, a social enterprise partnership with Continuing on in Education.