COVID-19 Slows Down Progress in Local Acute Care Hospital Project

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The process to move to the next phase to secure funding for a new acute care hospital in Windsor-Essex has “slowed down a bit” according to Ontario's health minister.

Speaking on AM800's the Afternoon News, Minister Christine Elliott says the process is moving forward, but admits the focus right now is on getting COVID-19 under control.

"That is a situation that we have been working on for a long time actually, and that is something that will continue to work through the process, it has been slowed down a bit because of COVID-19 coming forward,” says Elliott.

Finalizing the location still needs to be confirmed before the project can move forward at the provincial level.

"I know this is big for the community and I hope we will be able to return to it in a more focused way but we have to make sure we have the COVID-19 situation under control first," says Elliott.

The province is waiting to hear from the courts in terms of a leave to seek an appeal by the group the Citizens for an Accountable Megahospital Planning Process (CAMPP.)

The group is asking for permission to appeal a ruling by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) to the Ontario Divisional Court on the location of the proposed mega hospital project at County Road 42 and the 9th Concession.

Arguments on the appeal permission will be heard in Divisional Court on Wednesday, May 6th.