The Ontario government's move to freeze the price of parking at hospitals across the province will not have a big impact on the Ottawa Hospital's bottom line, said Renée Légaré, the institution's vice president of human resources.
The Ottawa Hospital collected $12.5 million in parking revenue last fiscal year — the most of any hospital in the city. Montfort Hospital collected $4.1 million, Queensway Carleton Hospital collected $2.4 million and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario collected $2.2 million in the same period.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced Monday that every hospital that charges more than $10 a day to park must offer discounts for longer-term users beginning Oct. 1. Specifically, five-day, 10-day and 30-day passes must be offered at a 50 per cent discount off the daily rate.
Hospitals in Ottawa already offer monthly and weekly passes.
Hoskins also announced a three-year freeze on parking rates at hospitals, effective immediately.