Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund
Hospitals are responsible for ensuring that their facilities are in a good state of repair by managing their capital assets and planning renewal activities.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the ministry) established the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) in 1999 to assist hospitals in renewing their hospital facilities. The HIRF program was reformed in 2004 to streamline minor (less than $1 million) infrastructure renewal project approvals and to distribute infrastructure renewal funds annually to public hospitals. The HIRF grant is to be used to supplement a hospital's renewal needs on a priority basis. The program changed in 2007 to reflect the ministry's new stewardship role, and the establishment of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). LHINs advise on the HIRF allocation to hospitals and review and recommend HIRF projects in accordance with ministry guidelines.