HALTON REGION – Parm Gill, the MPP for Milton, is pleased to join both Effie Triantafilopoulos, the MPP for Oakville North – Burlington, Stephen Crawford, the MPP for Oakville, to announce Halton Healthcare will be receiving $6,479,200 for up to 52 hospital beds.

This funding is part of the Government of Ontario’s investment of $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our frontline healthcare providers for their heroic work to keep our community healthy and well,” said MPP Gill. “This investment of over $6 million for up to 52 new hospital beds from our government will help Halton Healthcare, including the Milton District Hospital, continue to care for patients in need, while also enhancing access to care in our community.”

The beds announced today are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario’s fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. This brings the total investment to $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province.

“I’m glad that our government is helping Halton Healthcare increase access during COVID-19 by providing $6.5 million for up to 52 new hospital beds, including about 40 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. This funding is part of our Fall Preparedness Plan and helps the hospital meet the needs of the community during the second wave of COVID,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos. 

“I am glad that our government is taking action to improve access to healthcare for the residents of Halton with an investment of over $6.4 million to create 52 new hospital beds. These beds will be essential in reducing the surgical backlog our province is experiencing because of the pandemic,” said MPP Crawford.

“Our team of dedicated health care professionals have been working tirelessly at our three hospitals during these unprecedented times. In addition to managing the impact of COVID-19 on our hospitals, we are also preparing for the annual flu season and anticipated winter surge. Capacity issues remain a challenge for hospitals across the province. These additional beds, designated for Milton District Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, will help to alleviate the pressures associated with COVID-19 and the annual flu and benefit our entire Halton Healthcare hospital system,” Denise Hardenne, President & CEO, Halton Healthcare.

With a recent increase in cases of COVID-19, it remains vital for the government to continue to protect vulnerable populations and for each Ontarian to follow public health advice.