Ontario Adding Mental Health Beds for Northern York Region and Southern Simcoe County

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Province Investing $6.5 Million in Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit

NEWMARKET — As part of its comprehensive plan to build a connected mental health and addictions system centred around the needs of patients, the Ontario government is investing over $6.5 million to support the expansion of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit. The expansion will add 12 new mental health beds and support spaces, increasing the total inpatient mental health capacity to 28 beds that will better address the demand for mental health supports and services for patients and families in York Region and Simcoe County.

“Investing in projects like the expansion of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit is just one way our government is continuing to deliver on its commitment to build a connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system for all Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This investment will ensure patients and families in Newmarket, Aurora and the surrounding communities have access to high-quality care in a safe and modern unit, supporting them in their journey to mental wellness.”

On average, 17 patients come to Southlake’s Emergency Department every day experiencing a mental health crisis. Amongst other types of services, Southlake’s inpatient mental health program provides short-term assessment and stabilization for people who are 18 years of age or older with severe and acute mental health disorders. This expansion will enable the hospital to care for more than 400 additional patients each year. The newly renovated space will include private rooms, more windows with natural light, and common areas to support recovery, ensuring that individuals who need emergency mental health support receive the care they need.

While work is underway to expand the unit, the inpatient program will continue to offer services and supports at Southlake Regional Health Centre. The new Adult Inpatient Unit is expected to be completed in late 2022.

“Since the release of Roadmap to Wellness last yearour government’s top priority has been to continue making critical investments that will fill urgent gaps in mental health and addictions care, reduce waiting lists and address extensive wait times,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Through the expansion of Southlake’s Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit, clients will have better access to the high-quality mental health supports that meets their unique needs, in a specialized setting where they are cared for and fully supported.”

The expansion of Southlake’s Inpatient Unit is part of Ontario’s capital plan, which will invest $30.2 billion in hospital infrastructure over the next 10 years, including an additional $3 billion announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. These investments will improve and increase space in hospitals and include grants to support new facilities, including the renewal of existing hospitals and community health centres.

Quick Facts

  • The government is investing more than $21 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for hospital projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in hospital infrastructure.
  • Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan supports now total $51 billion.
  • Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to fill urgent gaps in mental health and addictions care, create new services and expand programs through Roadmap to Wellness. To support Roadmap, Ontario has invested $525 million to create a connected, comprehensive and integrated mental health and addictions system since 2019 including an additional $175 million in 2021-22.
  • In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the province invested up to $194 million in one-time emergency funding for mental health and addictions services, enabling Ontarians to access the services they need during these difficult times, including more than 67,000 Ontarians accessing provincial virtual supports.
  • Visit COVID-19: Support for People to find information about the many available, confidential and free mental health and addictions services and supports for Ontarians of all ages.


“Southlake Regional Health Centre is an important health hub for the people of York – Simcoe. By increasing the number of beds and support spaces available, this investment will play a vital role in making sure that those who need care, receive it. Mental wellness has always been a priority for our government. As we get closer to the end of the pandemic and look towards the future, an investment of this magnitude will make a real difference.”

– Caroline Mulroney
Member of Provincial Parliament for York-Simcoe

“The communities that Southlake serves in northern York Region and southern Simcoe County are among the fastest growing and aging in Ontario. Despite being one of the most overcrowded hospitals in the province, Southlake’s staff and physicians provide leading edge care with compassion each and every day. This investment from the provincial government will help enable us to add 12 beds to our Inpatient Adult Mental Health unit, which will include modern private rooms and welcoming common areas. Better spaces promote better healing. As we emerge from the pandemic the demand for mental health care is anticipated to be greater than ever before. On behalf of Southlake’s staff and physicians, as well as the patients and families they serve, I would like to thank the province for this support.”

– Arden Krystal
President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

SOURCE  Province of Ontario

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