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Immediate Release

August 28, 2003

$2 MILLION IN YORK REGIONAL CANCER CENTRE PLANNING GRANT

(York Region) - Residents in York Region are one step closer to a regional cancer centre following an announcement today by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Long Term Care. A planning grant of up to $2 million for Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket will allow the hospital to begin planning the area's new regional cancer centre under the leadership of Cancer Care Ontario.

"I am pleased that the our government is once again proving our commitment to the best healthcare we can provide for all Ontarians," said MPP York North MPP Julia Munro.   "York Region has benefited greatly by new initiatives this government has invested in out healthcare providers and hospitals."  

"Today's announcement means faster and improved access to high quality cancer services for the people of the York Region area," said Chair of Management Board, Minister of Culture and MPP for Markham, David Tsubouchi.

"The grant will assist with costs incurred in the planning and design of the Newmarket Regional Cancer Centre, which will have three radiation machines and provide chemotherapy services for the surrounding area," said Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Thornhill, Tina Molinari.  

"Healthcare is our government's number one priority and today's announcement adds to our record investments in healthcare we've made every year since 1995," said Minister Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges. "We've increased annual funding by more than $10 billion."

"On behalf of the people of Newmarket and York Region who need cancer services on a daily basis, I commend the this government for it's overall commitment to funding cancer care and supporting hospitals and healthcare in Ontario," said Daniel Carriere, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket.

It is anticipated that six radiation machines will be required by 2010 to support the growing population north of Toronto.

Today's announcement is part of the government investment of $28 billion for healthcare this year, almost half of the total provincial budget, to meet the needs of our growing and aging population, and the demands for new and more expensive drugs and medical technologies.   Thanks to the strength of the provincial economy, we are able to afford these massive extra investments without raising taxes or borrowing more money.

For more information on how the your government is working to keep Ontario healthy, please visit www.health.gov.on.ca < http://www.health.gov.on.ca >, or call the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care's INFOline at 1-800-268-1154;

(Toll-free in Ontario only); In GTA, call 416-314-5518;TTY 1-800-387-5559;

Hours of operation :

8:30am - 5:00pm; E-mail : infomoh@gov.on.ca < mailto:infomoh@gov.on.ca >.

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Rosemarie Godina

Minister Klees office

416-327-1815