Official statement from Mayor Ryan on new Lakeridge Health hospital decision

COLLECTION, ON, January 5, 2022 / CNW / – “There is a clear and urgent need for a new hospital in Durham Region to improve the health care of our residents and support our future growth. As we grapple with the latest wave of COVID- 19 and the enormous impact of the Omicron variant on public health, the need for strategic decision-making regarding the future of our provincial health care system has never been clearer.

However, we were informed today that Lakeridge Health has made the disappointing decision to pass on Pickering like the site of his new hospital. Pickering will have the largest population in Durham Region and is the only city in the region that does not have a major health facility.

Despite a short tender process, the City of Pickering has been able to assemble a world-class team of healthcare and environmental experts and we are extremely proud of the vision we have presented for our proposed site adjacent to the Seaton development (near Salem Road and Highway 407 ) which will welcome 70,000 new residents.

Throughout the process, the City of Pickering is committed to providing a world-class facility known for its respect for the local environment and sustainable construction practices. In addition, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority confirmed in a letter to Lakeridge Health that from Pickering the proposed hospital site was outside of the potential enhanced natural heritage system shown in the Carruthers Creek watershed plan.

The City also found a development partner willing to donate the land, saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. On the other hand, the Whitby the site is on land belonging to the province of Ontario. If the province donated 50 acres to Lakeridge Health, it would lose about $ 40 million income that could be made on the open market.

Although I cannot comment on how the independent selection committee made its decision, it is ultimately the province of Ontario who must give the green light and finance the project. Asking Ontario taxpayers to absorb a $ 40 million the loss may be acceptable to the panel and hospital administrators, but it should be of significant concern to the provincial government as we continue to address the continuing economic impacts of the pandemic. We ask Lakeridge Health to make both offerings public for consideration. “

Dave ryan
Mayor, City of Pickering

As a gateway to the eastern part of the GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and the regions of Durham meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is predicted for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life to those who live, work and play here. Its dynamic city center was designated by the Province of Ontario both a center of urban growth and a hub of mobility, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events and unique experiences at the heart of a dynamic, connected and engaged community.

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