Ontario is moving ahead in its plan to modernize and expand its health care system, the province announced Tuesday.
The province said the $4 billion plan includes $3 billion in private sector funding to create three new hospitals in Toronto, the first phase of which will open in 2019 and will provide patients with care for life.
The other two phases will open between 2019 and 2021.
The hospitals will also provide additional care for Ontario’s aging population and the first to be built in the city of Mississauga will be a new hospital for the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The provincial government said the hospitals will serve an additional 10,000 patients by the end of 2021.
The province said it has a long-term plan to create an additional 20,000 beds in Ontario, but only a portion of those will be filled by the hospitals.
More to come.