Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF)
Hospitals are responsible for planning infrastructure renewal activities to ensure that their facilities are in a good state of repair. Recognizing the need for the renewal of health care infrastructure, the ministry created the HIRF program. This program supplements a hospital’s existing renewal program and helps to address renewal needs on a priority basis.
The HIRF is aligned with the results of the ministry’s Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP). As a result, annual HIRF allocations are determined using an evidence- based process. However, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will have the opportunity to endorse urgent/emergent hospital infrastructure needs for an Exceptional Circumstance Project (ECP) Grant, which may result in the ministry providing additional funding to a hospital whether or not the hospital received a HIRF allocation that funding year.