Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund - updated April 3, 2018

Hospitals are responsible for planning infrastructure renewal activities to ensure that their facilities are in a good state of repair. Recognizing the need for the renewal of health care infrastructure, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (“the ministry”) created the HIRF program. This program is intended to supplement a hospital’s existing renewal program and to help address renewal needs on a priority basis.
 
The HIRF is aligned with the results of the ministry’s Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP). 
 
As a result, annual HIRF allocations are determined using an evidence- based process. However, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will have the opportunity to endorse urgent/emergent hospital infrastructure needs for an Exceptional Circumstance Project (ECP) Grant, may result in the ministry providing additional funding to a hospital whether or not the hospital received a HIRF allocation that funding year.
 

For more information, hospitals and interested stakeholders are encouraged to click on the links below to download current documents associated with this process.

Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) - updated March 15, 2018

Community HSPs are responsible for planning infrastructure renewal activities to ensure that their facilities are in a good state of repair. Recognizing the need for the renewal of community health care infrastructure, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care created the CIRF program as part of the Community Health Capital Programs (CHCP) policy. This program is intended to supplement eligible community HSPs in addressing renewal needs to existing infrastructure on a priority basis. Beginning in 2016-17, the CIRF provides funding for ongoing repair and renewal needs for community programs meeting specific criteria relating to asset ownership and lease length, and based on an assessment of asset condition.

The 2018-19 CIRF program is rolled out to Endorsing Organizations (LHINs, Primary Health Care Branch (PHCB), Accountability and Liaison Branch (ALB)) based on the results of the 2018-19 Community Asset Inventory Survey (“CIRF Survey”). As part of the CIRF program, Endorsing Organizations are asked to assess HSPs that may be eligible for CIRF funding based on urgent/emergent infrastructure needs identified in the survey.

The following community-based Lead Organizations are included in the CIRF Program for 2018-19:

  • Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs);
  • Community-Based Mental Health and Addictions (MH&As) Agencies (including 24 hour on-site residential treatment)*;
  • Community Health Centres (CHCs);
  • Family Health Teams (FHTs);
  • Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLCs);
  • Public Health Units (PHUs); and
  • Hospital Fund Type 2** (see definition in Appendix “C”: Glossary) 

*Excludes other Supportive Housing Programs (such as Dedicated Supportive Housing, Rent Supplement Initiatives, Homes for Special Care, Habitat Services Toronto, etc.).

**Excludes hospital owned assets (including those Fund Type 2 programs delivered within a hospital building site captured by the Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP) database.

For more information, community HSPs and interested stakeholders are encouraged to click on the links below to download current documents associated with this process.

Questions can be directed to Tunde Igli at tunde.igli@lhins.on.ca

Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) - updated September 25, 2017

In support of Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan, the ministry will be launching an evidence-based Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) for 2017-18 to improve the energy efficiency of Ontario’s public hospitals to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and redirect energy-related cost savings back into direct patient care.

Pending confirmation of funds through the Cap and Trade program, hospitals will have the opportunity to apply for 2017-18 financial support through a dedicated grants-based fund to retrofit their facilities with energy efficient technologies including but not limited to improving or replacing building climate controls; efficient lighting systems; and building envelope upgrades. While not eligible for funding through HEEP, hospitals should also consider building recommissioning activities as part of their energy management conservations plans.

HEEP will be fully aligned with the results of the ministry’s Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP). Any requirement or collection of requirements that have energy savings potential as indicated in the FCAP database, and meet defined eligibility criteria, will be considered eligible for 2017-18 funding consideration through a Business Case application process outlined in the Guidelines.

For more information, hospitals and interested stakeholders are encouraged to click on the links below to download current documents associated with this process.

Questions can be directed to Tunde Igli at tunde.igli@lhins.on.ca