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People in Ontario deserve high-quality, publicly funded health care. That’s why the government continues to transform the health care system — so patients and their families can get the right care when and where they need it.

Ontario is increasing health care investments by $11.5 billion over the next three years to increase access to care, reduce wait times and enhance patient experience. The balanced 2017 Budget plan includes a new $7-billion booster shot for health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget.

Shorter Wait Times

for specialized care and services, including more MRIs, cataract surgeries and hip or knee replacement surgeries.

Free Prescription Medications

for everyone aged 24 and under through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. 

New and Improved Hospitals

for better access to high-quality care and services.


How we’re helping

Ontario is taking action by:

  • Providing free prescription medications to all children and youth aged 24 and under starting in January 2018 — the first province in Canada to do so. This will include medications to treat most acute conditions, common chronic conditions, childhood cancers and other diseases.
  • Enhancing primary care to make it easier to get services offered by physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.
  • Providing more home and community care through home nursing, personal support, physiotherapy and respite care services.
  • Increasing access to more specialized health care, including hip or knee replacements, MRIs and optometrist services, to deliver high-quality care and reduce wait times.
  • Funding mental health and addiction initiatives, such as structured psychotherapy, supportive housing and youth services.
  • Improving services for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Increasing funding to long-term care homes and services to improve residential care with healthier food and more specialized staff.
  • Developing chronic pain management programs at 17 hospitals and community clinics.
  • Enhancing services to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Ontario is supporting the expansion and modernization of hospitals across the province
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Ontario is supporting the expansion and modernization of hospitals across the province

This map shows health infrastructure projects across Ontario completed, under construction or in planning.

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