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Giving green to go green: Province puts up $1.3M to help HSN become more energy efficient

Ontario government is funding 180 projects across the province
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Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault announced on Nov. 27 that the province is providing nearly $1.3 million in funding for Health Sciences North to help the hospital fund energy efficiency projects. (File)

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault announced on Nov. 27 that the province is providing nearly $1.3 million in funding for Health Sciences North to help the hospital fund energy efficiency projects.

Ontario is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province. This program will help hospitals save energy and encourage the use of more renewable energy technologies. 

Health Sciences North is receiving $1,291,700 in funding for energy efficiency projects.

This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province, including 117 heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects, 35 lighting projects and 28 projects that address other energy efficiency needs at hospitals.

“This investment not only means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions but also more support for our hospitals. By making Health Sciences North a greener and more efficient place we can reinvest in what matters most, providing excellent health care,” said Thibeault.

As a result of these and other improvements, almost five megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases are expected to be eliminated from the environment by 2050, the equivalent to taking about 40,000 vehicles off our roads. 

“The Hospital Energy Efficiency Program is another example of the government’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our health care system," said Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

"These new investments will help ensure hospitals can focus on helping patients get timely access to appropriate, high-quality health care within a sustainable system.”

By 2020-21, it is estimated that more than $60 million will be generated in annual energy-related savings.

This program is an initiative of the Climate Change Action Plan and uses proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market to modernize facilities such as hospitals, universities, and heritage buildings.

Improving patient care at hospitals across the province is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change.

The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.