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  • September 19, 2017

Ontario Ensuring Continued Access to High-Quality Health Care in South West Ontario

Planning Grant to Help Address Growing Population

Ontario is helping three area hospitals plan for upgrades and improvements to ensure that patients in the south west region continue to have access to high-quality health care. 

The province is providing grants to support London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), St. Joseph’s Health Care and South Bruce Grey Health Centre with the cost of developing plans to meet current and future patient service needs and capital infrastructure planning.

A planning grant provides resources for hospitals to work with their Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure a project is of appropriate scope and scale.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.



“Our government is committed to ensuring all Ontarians have access to high-quality health care services close to home. I am pleased to announce these planning grants for London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care and South Bruce Grey Health Centre to move forward with their planning for infrastructure improvements.”

-       Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“I’m delighted that our government is investing in the future of our local hospitals. These planning grants will ensure high-quality health care continues to be offered and future needs are anticipated so those who need health care services receive the supports they need.”

-       Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre

“We are pleased that the ministry is providing these grants to allow the hospitals in our LHIN to properly plan for the needed buildings and infrastructure to care for patients well into the future.”

-       Michael Barrett, CEO, South West Local Health Integration Network



  • London Health Sciences Centre is receiving a planning grant of $5 million to plan for long-term patient service and capital infrastructure.
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care is receiving a planning grant of $2.5 million to identify key priorities for program and service improvements and capital infrastructure developments.
  • South Bruce Grey Health Centre is receiving $500,000 to support planning work.
  • Planning grants help Ontario’s health care system respond to the needs of a growing population.
  • Planning grants provide funding for early planning stages only. A planning grant does not mean approval to build.
  • In 2017-18, the Ontario government is investing an additional $500 million in the hospital sector, representing a 3.1 per cent overall increase.



For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)


Media Contacts:

Laura Gallant, Minister’s Office, 416-327-4450

David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 


Kristy Cairns, Communications Assistant, Deb Matthews MPP


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