The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million to accelerate the expansion plans of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center (RVH) for its southern campus in Innisfil.
“We are going to add more operating rooms, more beds and a new hospital in Innisfil,” said RVH President and CEO Janice Skot.
Premier Doug Ford stopped by the Barrie hospital to make the announcement alongside Deputy Premier Christine Elliott on Friday.
“We know that Ontario was not ready when the pandemic hit,” said Ford. “Looking ahead, we can be confident that Ontario is better prepared for the future.”
The Innisfil health center will be part of an integrated “one system, two sites” plan with the Barrie campus that will evolve over the next 20 years.
“This investment will ensure the hospital can meet the growing demands of patients in Barrie and Simcoe County so they can continue to receive high-quality care and services for generations to come,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
“This is a game changer for the city of Innisfil,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin.
Dollin said the south campus will create 3,000 permanent jobs for the area.
The Mayor of Innisfil credited Steve Clarke, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, for granting the city’s request for a Ministerial Zoning Order to speed up the development of the south campus.
The funding announced Friday is part of a $30.2 billion investment in health infrastructure by the provincial government over the next decade.
“We’re making good on our promise to end the healthcare aisle,” Ford said. “These are not bandaid solutions. We have to get shovels in the ground.”