UPDATE - $400,000 In Provincial Funding For Windsor-Essex Hospice

New beds and new renovations.

That's the promise from the Ontario government, pledging $400,000 in funding for the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

The money will create two more beds in Windsor, growing Windsor to a ten-bed facility and helping about 40 more people in all.

It will also support renovations — making improvements to the dining room, kitchen and sunroom areas.

John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was on hand at the ground-breaking ceremony. He says the funding is about growing programs and supporting families.

"The money is one thing but it's what it does inside communities and that hospice movement is growing," says Fraser. "It's supporting families, it's supporting communities like Windsor to grow these programs." 

The Hospice's Executive Director Carol Derbyshire says the renovations will assist people already on a waiting list.

"Even with our residential home in Leamington it really hasn't put a great dent into it, because the need is so great.," says Derbyshire.  "There's always a waiting-list, so any time we can lessen that waiting-list we want to do that."

The Erie St. Clair region now has 40 hospice beds supported through $4.2-million in annual funding.

The funding is through the provincial government's 2016 promise to expand hospices across Ontario.

The province has designated $75-million over three years.