TORONTO, Canada — As part of its plan stay open, the Ontario government is investing over $1 billion to redevelop and expand Unity Health Toronto’s St Joseph’s Health Centre. This funding will build a stronger Ontario by delivering a new state-of-the-art patient care tower and supporting renovations to the existing hospital to expand much-needed health care services and improve access to high-quality care for the residents of Toronto and the surrounding communities.
“Our government continues to make key investments to build the infrastructure needed to end hallway health care and create a stronger, more resilient health care system,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health. “This over a billion-dollar investment to redevelop Unity Health Toronto’s St Joseph’s Health Centre will ensure that patients and families can receive high-quality care when they need it.”
St Joseph’s Health Centre is a community teaching hospital that serves the diverse and growing needs of the west Toronto community of nearly half a million people. Every year, more than 100,000 patients visit the emergency department. This redevelopment will include a new state-of-the-art patient care tower with an expanded emergency department and new spaces for operating rooms, critical care, and medical, surgical and mental health inpatient programs. Over 100 new beds are planned to be added to St Joseph’s Health Centre, for a total of over 400 beds.
The updated infrastructure, new beds and enhanced services will help the world-class team at Unity Health Toronto continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care for families in Toronto.
“Thank you to the Ontario government for making this historic investment in St Joseph’s Health Centre that will provide residents in West Toronto the necessary hospital infrastructure that will benefit residents and future generations to come,” says Dr Tim Rutledge, president and chief executive officer of Unity Health Toronto.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in St Joseph’s century-long legacy that will bring high-quality care in modern spaces with the latest technology, and more private rooms. Once complete, this project will help reduce wait times, improve access to care and end hallway health care.”
Ontario is working with Unity Health Toronto to advance to the next stage of the planning process, which includes finalizing programming, operational and space requirements and assessing how the project can meet the health care needs of patients and families in the region. Once planning is completed, the hospital is expected to begin construction in the next few years based on current planning.