• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Launching New $30 Million Surgical Innovation Fund

June 23, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is launching a new $30 million Surgical Innovation Fund that will directly support Ontario’s hospitals and provide them with the flexibility they need to perform more surgeries and procedures in their communities. This fund is part of the government’s investment of $300 million announced in the 2021 Budget to help the hospital sector recover, expanding access to care and helping to reduce the health service backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the pandemic, Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to ensuring that Ontarians receive the exceptional care they need, when they need it,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This new fund will support hospitals across the province as they develop the innovative solutions needed to continue to provide high quality care and ramp up surgical capacity, reducing wait times and improving access to surgical services for patients.” At the height of the third wave of the pandemic, Ontario made the difficult but necessary decision to ramp down non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries in order to maximize the health care resources needed to ensure that patients who most urgently needed care could access it. As Ontario begins to safely reopen, it is anticipated that referrals for surgeries and procedures will begin to increase. Thanks to the resilience and dedication of Ontario’s hospitals, as well as government initiatives such as funding supports for weekend and evening surgeries, the delivery of publicly funded surgical and diagnostic imaging services in alternate settings and investments in improving surgical efficiency and output, Ontario’s hospitals are well-positioned to tackle this challenge. Despite the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on inpatient capacity, Ontario hospitals were able to complete on a