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  • August 15, 2008


McGuinty Government Invests $172,500 In Critical Care Training

August 15, 2008

Patients living in York Region will soon have increased access to life-saving services in Ontario’s critical care units and emergency rooms as the province invests $172,500 in specialized critical care training for nurses at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre and York Central Hospital.

The funding is part of the province’s Critical Care strategy, a $4.5 million investment that will enable another 76 hospitals to train 391 nurses. This funding is being provided for the second year to ensure that more nurses receive necessary training, including specialized healthcare technologies to care for critically ill patients.

“Training another 15 nurses in York Region in the area of critical care will get critically ill or injured patients the highly specialized life-saving care they need,” said Michael Chan, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “By investing in this highly specialized and needed training, Ontario becomes a world leader in critical care nursing education, and will ensure the development of an expert and sustainable nursing work force for the future.”

This year’s funding applies to adult and paediatric critical care nurse training completed between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 through an in-house and/or college-based adult and/or paediatric critical care program.

“We're committed to improving access to quality care at Ontario’s hospitals,” said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Providing this specialized critical care training to more nurses benefits patients and helps health care organizations meet the health needs of its community and provide increased quality of care closer to home.

This program, in its second year, will provide a total of 664 nurses with the necessary life-saving skills that are required in critical care units and to meet the provincial Critical Care Nursing Standards – no matter where they work in Ontario.

“The Ontario Critical Care strategy has a set of key initiatives to improve access to critical care nursing education and improve the quality and consistency of critical care training while, at the same time, increasing the number of nurses trained each year,” said Dr. Bernard Lawless, Provincial Lead, Critical Care and Trauma.


  • Ontario has 31 Critical Care Response Teams, consisting of intensive care physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who are available 24/7 across the province.
  • Ontario has 1800 Intensive Care Unit Beds in 213 Critical Care units spread across 127 hospitals.
  • Critical Care alone can amount to as much as 30 per cent of a hospital's budget.


Find out more about Ontario’s Critical Care Strategy health human resource initiatives

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