• Electricity bills have grown by 42 per cent for the hospital
• The electricity bill for Renfrew Victoria Hospital has increased by $139,964 over six-year period

Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

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Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Renfrew Victoria Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $332,909 in 2012 to $472,873 in 2017, an increase of 42 per cent.

“How is Renfrew Victoria Hospital expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

Ontario has seen dramatic increases to the cost of electricity, with bills for residential consumers more than doubling in the last decade.

“Families across the province all feel the pain of rapid increases to the cost of electricity when they pay their home electricity bill. But what many people don’t think about is the cost of the Ontario government’s failed electricity policy to the institutions we all rely on, like Renfrew Victoria Hospital,” continued Van Geyn. “Instead of paying an extra $139,964 for inflated electricity bills, Renfrew Victoria Hospital could have paid for 11 pacemakers. That’s something that Ontario patients expect their health care system to spend money on, rather than wasting money on this government’s hydro rip-off.”

The documents detailing Renfrew Victoria Hospital’s electricity bills can be found HERE.

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