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Budget recognizes critical need of Ontario hospitals

Toronto, March 29, 2018 – The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) applauds the Government of Ontario for its commitment to health care in the 2018 Budget and for recognizing the critical need of hospitals with an investment of $822M, the largest in nearly a decade. The funding is a foundational step in relieving the intense pressure Ontario hospitals are under and will help them maintain access to care for patients.

CAHO members, the province’s 23 academic research hospitals, play a unique and vital role in Ontario’s health care system and, when adequately resourced, they make Ontario healthier, wealthier and smarter. They provide specialized care to Ontario’s sickest and most complex patients while also caring for their local communities. CAHO hospitals are also the research and development arm of Ontario’s health care system and they train the health care professionals of tomorrow.

“On behalf of CAHO, I thank the government for its commitment to patients and families in this year’s Budget and for recognizing the important role of academic hospitals in providing specialized services and complex care for patients across Ontario,” said Michelle Noble, Executive Director of CAHO. “As our members continue to work through fiscal challenges, inflationary costs and increasing demand, CAHO is committed to working with government to find solutions and make the best use of resources to meet the growing needs of Ontario patients and families.”

This year’s Budget also identified CAHO hospitals as core contributors to Ontario’s life sciences ecosystem and the economy, highlighting that academic research hospital invest $1.5B annually in health research and employ more than 18,000 researchers and research staff across the province.

CAHO was pleased that the Budget included a number of investments that will help drive innovation within CAHO hospitals, including a new Centre for Excellence in Health Care Artificial Intelligence in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton and others, and the creation of the Ontario Fetal Centre, a partnership between Sinai Health System and SickKids. It will be Canada’s first and only specialized centre for fetal care.

CAHO also recognizes the government for its commitment to build and renovate hospitals across the province. The Budget featured capital investments at many CAHO hospitals, including SickKids, The Ottawa Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, North York General Hospital, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Kinston Health Sciences Centre.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit




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