Mississauga will have the largest hospital in Canada as part of multi-billion dollar expansion plans

By Declan Finucane

Published December 1, 2021 at 11:11

New operating rooms at Mississauga Hospital are part of a multi-billion dollar provincial investment that will improve the health care of Mississauga residents and people across the GTA.

The largest single hospital in Canada will soon be in Mississauga, after the Ontario government today announced a multi-billion dollar investment in renovations and expansions at Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Center in Etobicoke.

Speaking at Mississauga Hospital, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the investment in Trillium Health Partners (THP), which operates Mississauga and Credit Valley hospitals beyond Queensway, is part of a larger $ 30.2 billion investment in Ontario. hospitals over the next 10 several years.

The money earmarked for THP will be used to build a “new, state-of-the-art Mississauga Hospital” and expand the Queensway Health Center, the provincial government said.

“This is the largest single hospital infrastructure plan in Canadian history,” Ford said of the THP initiative, adding that in “far too long” previous governments have only patched holes in Ontario’s hospitals and healthcare system using a short-term approach.

“This will lead to shorter waiting times for Mississauga and Etobicoke (residents) and better health care for our children and grandchildren,” he said.

Expansion plans will add 500 hospital beds to Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Center in Etobicoke, 350 of them in Mississauga, THP officials said, adding that the Mississauga site will also end up with one of the largest emergency departments in Ontario and new operating rooms, when the plans are complete.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie called the expansion and renovation plans an “absolute game changer” for Mississauga Hospital and Mississauga residents, noting that the plans will create increased capacity and reduced waiting times.

“Soon, Mississauga will be home to one of the largest and most innovative hospitals anywhere in Canada … which will be able to support our growing community,” she said.

Over the next 20 years, demand for health care at THP, according to the Ontario government, is expected to increase by nearly seven times more than the average hospital in Ontario, as Peel and Etobicoke continue to grow.

Major expansion plans has been in progress at Mississauga Hospital, located at Hurontario St. and The Queensway, for some time now.

THP talked about significant upgrades planned at the site back in October, when the hospital received a large, unspecified financial donation from the family to Dr. Ignat Kaneff, a prominent Mississauga businessman, developer and philanthropist who died last year.

The money, Kaneffs said, is the ticket to significant and much-needed upgrades to Mississauga Hospital, a “gift that builds on (Ignat Kaneffs’) remarkable first donation and will benefit future generations.”

At the time, THP officials said the redevelopment of Mississauga Hospital is crucial to the long-term health of the community and that it will support Mississauga’s diverse and rapidly growing population.

According to THP, no hospital in Ontario has experienced greater demand for health care than Mississauga Hospital. During the pandemic, THP has taken care of one of the highest volumes of COVID-19 patients in the province, often in parts of Mississauga Hospital that was built more than 60 years ago.

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