Ontario Updating and Repairing Community Health Facilities At Pine River Institute

Helping People Access Safe and High-Quality Health Care within Toronto Central LHIN


September 8, 2017 

Pine River Institute is pleased to announce that we have been awarded $400K from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) to replace the septic system at our campus.  

Across Ontario, the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund is helping 68 community health service providers to support crucial infrastructure projects including replacement of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators.

Through this fund the province is investing more than $2.8 million in 17 facilities within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).



We are very appreciative for the support of the Ministry and the Toronto Central LHIN for this project. Our current septic system was deteriorating quickly and, as one can imagine, a functioning sewage system is a critical element in our work to provide quality services to adolescent residents and their families.

- Jonathan Guss, Board Chair of Pine River Institute

It’s easy to appreciate the necessity of an efficient and reliable septic system at a residential facility like Pine River, where cooking, cleaning, showers, laundry, etc. place demands on our system 365 days/year, 24/7. We are committed to provide a well-maintained ‘home’ for our youths during their time with us, and this funding is essential for us to do just that.

- Vaughan Dowie, CEO, Pine River Institute

By investing in community health infrastructure, we will help ensure that community health organizations can keep their facilities in a good state of repair, make them accessible, and continue to provide high-quality care, close to home.

- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Toronto Central LHIN is committed to strengthening our local care providers and supporting their efforts to serve patients, clients and their families with the care they need — when and where they need it. Our health service providers are extremely dedicated and community-focused organizations and it’s important that we support the services they provide within our city with investments like the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

- Susan Fitzpatrick, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)




  • Pine River Institute is a family-centered residential program for youth 13-19 struggling with addictive behaviours and frequently other mental health issues. The program is unique in Canada, celebrating 11 years in operation, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). 
  • Community health facilities are publicly funded and provide a range of programs, including primary care, community mental health and addictions, allied health care (e.g., physical therapists, occupational and respiratory therapists, dietitians, speech language pathologists and audiologists) and health promotion (e.g., not-for-profit programs and services delivered by a public health unit).
  • Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund investments have increased 78 per cent from last year, up from $4.1 million to $7.3 million, which will support 68 communities across 85 sites province-wide. 
  • Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times, and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future. Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year. 
  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario's total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.