Health Care Funding for Ottawa Health Institutions

Published on July 05, 2019

Reviewing the announcements of the past three weeks

July 5, 2019 – Merrilee Fullerton, Kanata-Carleton MPP, is pleased with recent funding announcements for Ottawa health institutions by her colleague the Ontario Minister of Health.

Dr. Fullerton reviews the announcements of the past three weeks.

  • OTTAWA HOSPITAL - Additional $9 million in the redevelopment of the Civic Campus
  • OTTAWA PARAMEDIC SERVICES - $420,000 for a specially-equipped ambulance and a team of paramedics to transport critically-ill newborns
  • CHEO - $105 million commitment for new children’s treatment centre

For details, please see the releases below.

For comments from MPP Fullerton on these health care investments in Ottawa, contact her at the Kanata-Carleton Community Office at 613-599-3000 or [email protected]



From the Ontario Minister of Health on July 4, 2019

Ontario Investing in Expansion of The Ottawa Hospital

Local Investment Will Help End Hallway Health Care in Ottawa


OTTAWA — Hallway health care continues to be a serious challenge for hospitals across Ontario, leaving patients waiting too long for care in aging buildings that do not reflect the quality services delivered by Ontario's care providers. 

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Ottawa-area cabinet members and MPPs, at The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus to announce that Ontario's Government for the People is investing up to an additional $9 million to support ongoing planning for the hospital's redevelopment. This commitment is part of the government's overall investment of $27 billion over the next 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure across the province.

"By investing in the redevelopment of The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus, we are protecting what matters most to patients and families in Ottawa and across Eastern Ontario," said Elliott. "When completed, the new state-of-the-art facility will reflect the high-quality, specialized care that is delivered at this hospital, and will create more capacity and reduce wait times. This project is another example of how our government continues to deliver on our commitment to end hallway health care."

Patients can expect to benefit from a new state-of-the art, teaching facility that will include expanded services for emergency care, in-patient care and specialized regional programs such as trauma, neurosciences and vascular surgery.

"We are thankful for the continued excitement and interest around this project from our staff at the hospital, our government partners, and our community," said Katherine Cotton, Chair of the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital. "As we move forward, we will continue to engage and to seek solutions that will allow us to build both a 21st-century hospital and a healthier community."


  • Ontario previously committed up to $3 million for the Civic Campus redevelopment project. Today’s additional investment means Ontario will have invested up to $12 million for the project.
  • The Ottawa Hospital is a teaching hospital with several sites in the Ottawa area.
  • The Civic Campus provides primary and secondary hospital services for the local community and is the only hospital in the Champlain region providing complex and specialized services such as regional trauma centre, neurosurgery and vascular surgery.



From the Ontario Minister of Health on July 2, 2019

Helping Critically-Ill Newborns Access Safe and Timely Transportation in Eastern Ontario

Province Investing in Frontline Health Services


OTTAWA — Each year, more than 2,000 newborn babies in the province need to be transferred to a children's hospital to receive specialized, intensive care. That's why Ontario's Government for the People is protecting what matters most by helping the smallest and most vulnerable patients access life-saving transportation to get the treatment they need.

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Ottawa-area cabinet members and MPPs, at Ottawa Paramedic Services to announce more than $420,000 for a specially-equipped ambulance and a team of paramedics that will support transporting critically-ill newborns safer and faster in Eastern Ontario.

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) will also receive more than $1 million this year to support a highly-specialized team and ensure they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This team may include specially-trained registered nurses, respiratory therapists and neonatologists. CHEO's transport team serves the Champlain, South East and North East Ontario communities.

"Our government is protecting what matters most by ensuring Eastern Ontario's most vulnerable patients can safely access the life-saving care they need, when they need it," said Elliott. "This innovative partnership between paramedics and hospitals will reduce the time needed to transport a critically-ill newborn between hospitals by an estimated 19 per cent and provide better coordinated care to families during a difficult time."

At-risk newborns will experience better-connected care through:

  • Ambulances with life-saving equipment, including a power assisted stretcher and loading system
  • Availability of two paramedics per transport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Improved patient transfers that are safer and better coordinated
  • Decreased transport time between hospitals.

"The Ottawa Paramedic Service has been involved in this important partnership with CHEO since 2016. We are proud to be part of this project who delivers world class care to our youngest patients regardless of their location," said Myles Cassidy, Chief Ottawa Paramedic Services. "Since the beginning of the program, we have deployed CHEO's Neonatal Transport Team toward more than 1500 patients. We are looking forward to continuing this program into the future with the investment from the Province. This program is an example of the positive collaboration between the province and municipal paramedic services."

"At CHEO, our neonatal transport team worked with Ottawa Paramedic Services to make sure the tiny newborns who need our care had the right equipment at the right time. We're so pleased the Government of Ontario is taking the model we developed here and rolling it out across Ontario," said Alex Munter, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHEO. "We're also grateful for today's investment in CHEO, which will allow us to hire the highly-specialized nurses and respiratory therapists that we need to ensure our team is available 24/7/365. These skilled and caring professionals hop onto ambulances, helicopters and planes to go and fetch the tiniest, most vulnerable patients in the Ontario health care system and bring them to the life-saving care they urgently need."


  • Ontario is investing $6.8 million to support transporting critically-ill newborns safer and faster across the province. This funding will go towards five specially-equipped ambulances and a team of paramedics.
  • The four children’s hospitals in Ontario that will support the specially-equipped ambulances, will also receive nearly $5.8 million this year to support highly-specialized teams.
  • Highly specialized emergency medical service teams provide transportation for critically-ill newborns at four sites: Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Children’s Hospital of London Health Sciences Centre, McMaster Children’s Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children.
  • Of the 140,000 newborns born in Ontario annually, more than 2,000 require transport to a higher level of care and 91 per cent of these transports occur by land ambulance.



From the Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services on June 19, 2019

Ontario Supports the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

$105 million commitment for new children’s treatment centre


OTTAWA - Ontario's government is delivering on its commitment to create better outcomes and opportunities for children and youth with special needs.

Today Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, reaffirmed the government's budget commitment of $105 million over six years for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's (CHEO) plan to build a new, state-of-the-art children's treatment centre on the hospital's main campus. The new building will house a hub of services called 1door4care, bringing special needs services together in one place to provide faster and more integrated care.

"Often families are forced to navigate a system they find complicated and confusing with little to no help. The services CHEO will provide through 1door4care will be easy to access and will provide high quality support," said Minister MacLeod. "Our government is committed to making life easier for families and making sure every child is supported by a caring society."

The new facility will bring together critical services like children's mental health, early childhood programming and autism services currently spread across eight locations under one roof, creating a hub for coordinated care. It will also help address capacity issues as too often children are waiting for months before they have a chance to access much-needed programs.

Services to be delivered include rehabilitation supports such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, seating and mobility, the blind-low vision program, respite services and the Ontario Autism Program. It will also allow community organizations to be on site, offering additional support to children, youth and families, while increasing front-line staffing by redirecting facility costs spent on multiple locations.

"With this capital investment, CHEO will have the opportunity to reduce wait times for services, address capacity issues and optimize program efficiencies and quality while providing all-encompassing supports for families and children," added MacLeod.

Quick Facts

  • CHEO’s children’s treatment centre is one of 20 children’s treatment centres in Ontario that receives funding from the Government of Ontario.
  • CHEO’s #1door4care project will create a single door to integrated care for vulnerable children and youth, in one location.
  • Children's treatment centres provide rehabilitation services to more than 74,000 children and youth across Ontario with moderate or severe disabilities, autism and special needs every year.
  • Ontario’s capital funding for CHEO includes the construction of a new six-storey building (approx. 234,440 sq. ft) in Ottawa.


Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                         613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            [email protected]