Hospital Capital Planning
In November 2010, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and all Ontario LHINs released a new Joint Review Framework for early capital planning. Under this Framework, LHINs play a critical role in advising on, and endorsing, the program and service elements of all capital projects in the early capital planning stages.
The new Joint Review Framework has been developed to fulfill provisions of the Ministry/LHIN Accountability Agreement (MLAA) which requires local needs and LHIN advice to be considered in the review of capital planning submissions. It will place an emphasis on local health system needs as the primary driver for capital initiatives.
The Framework was developed by the MOHLTC/LHIN Capital Working Group in consultation with stakeholders. The Capital Working Group will continue to work with and support stakeholders as they implement and apply the new Framework.
Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund
Hospitals are responsible for ensuring that their facilities are in a good state of repair by managing their capital assets and planning renewal activities.
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.
For any inquiries relating to HIRF please contact Krista Cauz, Krista.Cauz@lhins.on.ca