Erie St. Clair LHIN Investing in Community Hospitals

Improving Access to Care for Local Patients

Thanks to provincial funding through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, the Erie St. Clair LHIN is investing in hospital infrastructure upgrades in the region to ensure local patients get the care they need.

The funding will help address critical infrastructure needs at local community hospitals such as:

  • Structural upgrades such as roof replacements and new windows
  • Upgraded heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
  • Improvements such as upgrading back-up generators
  • Upgraded fire alarm systems and other work needed to address requirements under the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving $1,449,805 from this funding.

Bluewater Health is receiving $1,436,683 from this funding.

In Windsor/Essex, all three community hospitals are receiving funding as follows:

  • Windsor Regional Hospital: $1,438,107
  • Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: $695,370
  • Leamington District Memorial Hospital: $864,822

In the 2015 Budget, the government committed to providing more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years, including grants administered through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding is an annual allocation to assist hospitals in renewing their hospital facilities through minor infrastructure projects. These investments will allow more funding to be redirected to frontline care, resulting in improved patient experiences.


“Through this investment in hospital infrastructure, we are ensuring that patients have access to care in spaces that are safe, healthy and comfortable. These projects make a real, positive difference in the healing environment, complementing the high quality care patients receive in Ontario hospitals.” 
― Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The Erie St. Clair LHIN is pleased to see our local community hospitals being supported through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. These investments will allow more funding to be redirected to where it matters most – frontline care.”
― Gary Switzer, Chief Executive Officer, Erie St. Clair LHIN


  • In 2014-15, the Ontario government increased the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to $125 million – more than doubling its investment from $56.2 million the year before. It has maintained the fund at $125 million in 2015-16
  • This investment is helping connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities across the province