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Aging Ottawa hospitals get $12.3M infrastructure boost from province

A 73-year-old boiler that heats part of the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital will finally be retired as part of $12.3 million in funding from the Ontario government for new infrastructure at six local health facilities.

Half of funding will go to Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus

$12.3M in provincial funding will pay for new infrastructure at Ottawa's health facilities, like replacing this 73-year-old boiler at the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

A 73-year-old boiler that heats part of the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital will finally be retired as part of $12.3 million in funding from the Ontario government for new infrastructure at six local health facilities.

Senior hospital administrators joined Ottawa South MPP John Fraser, Marie-France Lalonde from Ottawa–Orléans and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi on Friday to announce that the money from the health infrastructure renewal fund will be used for a range of projects including new roofs, replacing elevators and upgrading electrical systems.  

The investments include:  

  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute: $139,759
  • Hôpital Montfort: $470,000
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: $480,733 
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario: $964,974 
  • Bruyère Continuing Care: $3,602,487
  • The Ottawa Hospital: $6,725,609

The Ottawa Hospital will receive the lion's share of the money, with 95 per cent of its $6.7 million destined for its oldest campus, the Civic. Projects there include a new boiler, replacing aging elevators and a new electrical vault.  

A 73-year-old boiler at the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus will be replaced thanks to new provincial funding. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)
Dr. Jack Kitts, CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, said the funding will make all six facilities safer and will "enable all us to provide a more comfortable and better patient experience for patients to heal."

Daniel Levac, president and CEO of Bruyère Continuing Care, which operates Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Lowertown and Saint-Vincent Hospital on Cambridge Street N., said the bulk of the money will be spent at the Bruyère campus, an older facility that provides geriatric rehabilitation and palliative care.  

Some portions of the hospital were built more than 75 years ago, and the money will be used to extend central air conditioning to the entire hospital.

"It's much-needed dollars to make sure the working environment for staff is at its optimum" said Levac. "It's much-appreciated." 

The Ontario government said today's funding announcement is part of its commitment to invest $12 billion over 10 years in capital grants so hospitals can build modern infrastructure.