The Manitoba government is investing more than $358 million in capital projects throughout the province to ensure safe, reliable care at health-care facilities.

“Our government is undertaking the most significant transformation to the Manitoba health-care system in 40 years,” said Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living. “These investments continue with that generational change, creating an impact that will not just be felt today, but decades from now.”

The investment will include the following:
•    $280 million to safety upgrades for personal care homes,
•    $46 million to digital health initiatives, and
•    $32 million to equipment and infrastructure upgrades at health-care facilities.

The safety and capital upgrades at personal care homes are intended to build on the government’s commitment to ensure health-care facilities are in line with revised Manitoba Fire Code requirements including provision of fire suppression systems and increased fire separation enhancements to better protect residents, staff and the public.

Each year, the regional health authorities, CancerCare Manitoba, Shared Health and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba submit requests for safety and security projects at sites across the province. This year, the province is providing more than $17.4 million for 85 projects expected to cost less than $500,000 each.

Specific cost estimates are not being released, as they are subject to the tendering process. The Minister said that the construction work will begin once the projects are publicly tendered and a contract awarded. Requests for proposals and public tenders for construction are forthcoming.

Featured image: Government of Manitoba.

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