SCARBOROUGH – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, has announced that Ontario Liberals will commit $1.9 billion in funding to redevelop and improve the Birchmount and Centenary hospital sites in Scarborough.
To meet the growing healthcare needs of residents, the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) has long requested provincial funding to plan, design, and build new hospital facilities in the region. This includes plans to renovate and redevelop the Birchmount and Centenary hospital sites. To date, Doug Ford’s Conservatives have refused to commit funding to these important projects.
“The people of Scarborough have waited too long for a commitment from Doug Ford,” said Del Duca. “Whether it’s their baffling response to the pandemic, inaction on long-term care or lack of funding for hospitals, it’s clear the Ford government just doesn’t take the health of Ontarians seriously.”
Today’s announcement is part of the Ontario Liberal plan to permanently increase local hospital capacity and expand the number of beds in Scarborough by 30 per cent. It is anticipated that the redeveloped Birchmount site will also feature new critical care beds, improved rehabilitation services, more surgery units, a mental health unit, post-acute care and other critical services.
“For four years, Scarborough has been waiting for Doug Ford to invest in Scarborough Hospitals, yet Scarborough has been left at the back of the pack for this important investment,” said Scarborough-Guildwood MPP Mitzie Hunter. “Only an Ontario Liberal government will deliver the support and investment that Scarborough residents expect.”
Despite a global pandemic, Doug Ford’s Conservatives have spent less on hospital and healthcare infrastructure while in office than in the year before Doug Ford was elected. An Ontario Liberal Government will build a stronger healthcare system that all Ontarians can be proud of.