The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) provides funds to supplement a hospital's existing capital renewal program and help address renewal needs (e.g., roofing systems, boilers, windows) on a priority basis.
Hospitals can receive a HIRF grant for eligible projects regardless of their own ability to raise a local share of the project costs. There is no cost-sharing requirement and 100% of the grant can be used on a single project.
Hospitals can select projects based on their renewal priorities, subject to the program eligibility criteria as indicated in the HIRF Guidelines. Each hospital is responsible for ensuring that it undertakes work of the highest priority.
Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) (2017-18)
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 conservation 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.
For any inquiries relating to HIRF please contact Krista Cauz, Krista.Cauz@tc.lhins.on.ca