Ontario Government Announces Operational Funding Increase for Lakeridge Health Hospitals

Posted on Friday March 23, 2018

Funding will Reduce Wait Times, Address Capacity Issues and Provide Better Care Closer to Home 

Durham Region— Today, the Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Minister Responsible for Accessibility announced the Ontario government’s commitment to invest $11.94 million in additional operating funding for Lakeridge Health hospitals.

Together with Granville Anderson, MPP Durham, Minister MacCharles said in her announcement made at Bowmanville Hospital today that the new funding will provide better access to care, reduce wait times and address capacity issues to better meet the needs of Durham Region’s growing population.

“Today’s announcement is great news for our teams and the communities that we serve. This new funding will help us continue our focus on tackling wait times for care through internal and external partnerships; providing extra support to Seniors as they move through the acute care system and back into the community; and delivering safe, high quality care to patients and families across Durham Region,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO.

The Ontario government’s commitment to support Lakeridge Health is part of the province’s $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals in 2018/19. This new funding is in addition to the 3.2 per cent increase provided to hospitals last year.

“When our loved ones fall sick, we want to know that our hospitals are equipped to provide them with the best care possible. Today’s $11.94 million investment in Lakeridge Health will lead to significant improvements to Durham’s hospitals, allowing our health care workers to better serve our deserving patients. In combination with the upcoming Lakeridge Health Bowmanville expansion, today’s announcement shows that our government is committed to enhancing health care here in Durham,” said Granville Anderson, MPP Durham. 

Durham Region is one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario with its population expected to double by 2041. Patients and families across Durham Region will directly benefit from this investment through the expansion of essential services and priority procedures, including cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, and medical imaging.

Quick Facts:

  • Lakeridge Health will receive $11.94 million in additional funding in 2018–19, which includes support for residents across Durham Region.
  • In 2016-17, there were 38,289 inpatient hospital admissions and 210,592 emergency room visits across Lakeridge Health.


For more information contact:

Lakeridge Health Communications

T. 905.576.8711 extension 4317