Durham Regional Hospital

Last year, Minister Jones and a majority of the Durham MPPs sat down with the leadership at Lakeridge Health to discuss the future of health care in the Durham region.

We continue to support and work with Lakeridge Health to support their ambitious plan to connect the residents of Durham to even more convenient care, closer to home. This includes announcing a partnership with Queen’s University to bring family doctors directly to the region.

We also recently announced a historic expansion of interprofessional primary care teams across the province, including in Durham. This expansion along with our government’s action to build on the nearly 2,500 physicians we added over the last year, will ensure 98% of Ontarians, including those living in the Region of Durham, can connect to the primary care they need.

Unlike the previous government, our government understands the importance of investing in new facilities to expand access to care.

Our government recognizes that Whitby was recommended through community consultation as the preferred site of the new Lakeridge Hospital.

We will continue to work closely with Lakeridge health and other partners on the next round of planning grants for this project to deliver more connected, convenient care in the Durham Region for years to come.

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“I’ve long advocated for Whitby to be the site for the proposed new hospital in Durham Region. Whitby’s central location ensures that the health care needs of the entire region are well served. I’ve raised this directly with the minister and premier on countless occasions. I know they both understand how important this project is to the region. While our government is getting shovels in the ground on more than 50 hospital projects across the province, I’m confident the next round of planning grants will include a new hospital for the Durham Region, and I will continue to push for its location to be in Whitby.”

– Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.

FEDERAL AGREEMENT

Cutting Wait Times, Delivering Better Health Care in Ontario | Ontario Newsroom

The money from the federal government is tied to four very specific health priorities, new hospital capital projects not being one of them.

Premier Ford’s Comments – February 15, 2024

Ford says planning grant for proposed new hospital in Whitby coming soon | Durham Radio News

“There’s going to be Whitby hospital,” stated Ford. “Is it going to be tomorrow? Not tomorrow, but down the road, very shortly, we will be issuing the planning grants.”

He added Whitby MPP Lorne Coe has been “on him” about the hospital every day.