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  • December 12, 2017

Ontario Reducing Carbon Footprint, Boosting Care at Hospitals in Southwest Ontario

Energy Savings to be Reinvested in Patient Care


December 7, 2017

Ontario is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care across the province, including Waterloo Region.

Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre, and Hon. Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge, highlighted the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program. This plan will help hospitals save energy and encourage the use of more renewable energy technologies.

Hospitals in Southwest Ontario are receiving over $3.5 million in funding for energy-efficiency projects.

This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals, including:

  • 117 heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects
  • 35 lighting projects, and
  • 28 projects which address other energy efficiency needs at hospitals

As a result of these 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.

By 2020-21, it is estimated that we can generate over $60 million in annual energy-related savings and sustain those savings on an annual basis for 20 years.

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.




Projects in Southwest Ontario receiving funding under the new Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP):


Project Name

Funding  (CAD)

St. Mary's General Hospital (Kitchener)



Lighting Equipment - Lighting Fixtures - Aged - Levels 3-10

$ 192,330



St. Marys Memorial Hospital (St. Marys)  

Patient Wing Roof Replacement

$ 411,200

Hanover & District Hospital

Exterior Doors - Aged Hollow Metal - 3 x 7

$ 48,175


Listowel Memorial Hospital

Lighting Equipment - Interior Aged - 2nd Floor

$ 25,000

Seaforth Community Hospital

Lighting Fixture Replacement

$ 180,000


South Huron Hospital

Rooftop Unit Replacement

$ 25,700

South Huron Hospital

Metasys DDC Control System Upgrade

$ 46,800


South Huron Hospital

Interior Lighting Upgrade Phase 1

$ 40,300

Grey Bruce Health Services,  Southampton Hospital

Distribution Systems - OR AHU Unit - Aged

$ 492,306

Stratford General Hospital

Roof Replacement

$ 2,084,500

Wingham and District Hospital

Lighting Equipment - Interior Aged - 2nd Floor

$ 25,000


Grey Bruce Health Services,  Meaford Hospital

Exterior Windows - 1963 - Leaking

$ 26,843


$  3,598,154


















“The Hospital Energy Efficiency Program is another example of the government’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our health care system. 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.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care



“Ontario’s actions to help hospitals fight climate change and improve energy efficiency will reduce greenhouse gas pollution, increase patient comfort and redirect savings into patient care across the province. Our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save energy costs while ensuring a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous low-carbon future for all Ontarians.”

— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change


“This important investment will help to ensure that hospitals in Waterloo Region, and across Ontario, are operating as efficiently as possible.  This is a significant step forward in our fight against climate change.  Not only will patient care be strengthened under the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program, but all Ontarians will be breathing in cleaner air.”   

— Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre


“As a nurse who has worked on the front-lines in hospitals, I know how important it is to invest in buildings, too. A comfortable and safe workplace is key to helping staff and volunteers deliver quality patient care. What’s so exciting about this funding is how it will improve conditions for staff and patients, save energy, save money -- and combat climate change.”

— Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge


“Investing in facilities is investing in patient care.  This funding will be used to retrofit all lighting in the ten floors of our hospital tower from fluorescent and incandescent to LED. The anticipated savings of about $18,000 a year will be reinvested into patient care.”

— Marco Terlevic, Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer at St. Mary’s General Hospital


"High quality facilities are essential to delivering the best patient experience. These investments in our hospitals means patients will continue to receive care in modern facilities, while resources can continue to be directed to providing essential care."

— Bruce Lauckner, Chief Executive Officer, Waterloo Wellington LHIN


“The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship through energy efficiency. The resulting impact of this commitment is the strengthening of our ability to provide high quality care for those who look to us for support. Through investments made in programs like the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program, the government is significantly enhancing our ability to meet and exceed patient care needs and for that we are truly appreciative.”

Andrew Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance






  • Ontario is investing $64 million this year in the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program, including over $3.5 million in Southwest Ontario.  
  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion for new hospital projects, bringing the total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
  • Ontario is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014-15. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to
    • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and review the plan at least every five years. 
    • Ontario’s carbon market proceeds will be invested into projects that help families lower their energy costs and save money.







Kevin Swayze

Office of Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

498 Eagle Street North, Unit 101

Cambridge, ON N3H 1C2


Rebecca Wagner

Office of Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre

379 Queen St. South, Unit 3

Kitchener, ON N2G 1W6

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