Toronto's Ronald McDonald House To Get A New Home

    McGuinty Government Helps Out-Of-Town Families Stay Close To Their
    Seriously Ill Children

    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - Ontario is assisting seriously ill children and
their families by providing a one-time capital grant of $9 million to support
the construction of a new Toronto's Ronald McDonald House.
    This grant will more than triple the capacity of the current facility,
allowing 80 families to have the ability to stay the night at any one time.
The current facility has the capacity for 28 families. Over the course of a
year this will provide 29,200 family nights of comfort at the new Toronto's
Ronald McDonald House.
    The new home will make Toronto's Ronald McDonald House the largest in
Canada and the second largest in the world. The new building, scheduled to
open in late 2010, means more families will be able to stay together for
longer periods of time. It is designed to meet the unique needs of out-of-town
families and will include suites for longer term stays.
    Since its establishment, Toronto's Ronald McDonald House has worked very
closely with Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, which provides treatment
for approximately 95 per cent of the children who stay at the facility.


    "This investment will support Toronto's Ronald McDonald House as it
continues its work to help improve the quality of life for the people of
Ontario," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care.
    "This one-time capital funding will help us build our new House and
address the huge unmet need of families from across the province," said Jane
Marco, Executive Director of Toronto's Ronald McDonald House. "The medical
field has long recognized the value of keeping children together with their
families during treatment, giving them the strength they need for the fight of
their lives."


    -   Toronto's Ronald McDonald House opened in 1981 and provides
        accommodation for out-of-town families of seriously ill children who
        need specialized medical treatment.
    -   The average length of stay per visit at Toronto's Ronald McDonald
        House is 51 days.
    -   Many residents bring their entire family to live at the House while
        staying in Toronto.


    Learn more about Toronto's Ronald McDonald House

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For further information:

For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, (416)
212-4048; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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