MPP Rickford Announces Over $13.4 Million for Annual Land Ambulance Services in Kenora District
DRYDEN – The Ontario government is investing over $13.4 million in Kenora District Services Board’s annual Land Ambulance Service Grant (LASG). This announcement is part of Ontario’s $764 million total investment in annual LASG to help municipalities facing increased cost pressures connected to the emergency health system.
“As a government, we recognize the unique challenges that Kenora District Services Board faces while providing emergency health services across the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “Today’s announcement is another example of the targeted investments we are making to relieve pressure on the local health care system.”
Through the LASG municipalities and designated delivery agents receive funding for 50 per cent of the costs for their land ambulance operations. This funding is part of the government’s commitment to building a modern, sustainable and connected emergency health system that supports every Ontarian on their health care journey. This also supports the government’s work on the Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery, to ease pressures on our health care system, hire more health care workers and providing the right care in the right place to Ontarians.
“On behalf of the Board, I’d like to express appreciation to the Ministry of Health and Minister Rickford for the additional funding for our paramedic services program,” said Barry Baltessen, Board Chair, KDSB. “The additional investment represents a $1,039,907 increase in funding that will support us in addressing the growing staffing shortage and financial pressures being faced by our service.”
In addition, the Ontario government is also continuing to fund 100 per cent of costs for Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACCs) to dispatch ambulances, helping to deliver equitable emergency health services to Ontarians across the province.
- In 2022, upper-tier municipalities and designated delivery agents are receiving nearly $764 million in funding from the government, representing an average increase of five per cent provincially compared to 2021 funding levels.
- Funding provided through the Land Ambulance Service Grant (LASG) is dedicated for hiring of additional paramedics, wage and cost of living adjustments and general ambulance operations.
- LASG funding is provided on a 50-50 cost share basis with upper-tier municipalities and is based on the previous year’s council-approved operating budgets. Municipalities are responsible for determining the provision and costs of land ambulance services that meet the needs of their community, including appropriate staffing levels.