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• The electricity bill for West Parry Sound Health Centre has increased by $367,824 over six-year period
• Electricity bills have grown by 43 per cent for the hospital

West Parry Sound Health Centre coping with sky high electricity bills

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By —— Bio and Archives December 7, 2017

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TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for the West Parry Sound Health Centre have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $854,420 in 2012 to $1,222,244 in 2017, an increase of 43 per cent.

“How is the West Parry Sound Health Centre expected to manage their budget when electricity bills have rising dramatically every year, even as their consumption is falling?” 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.

The West Parry Sound Health Centre documents are a part of a campaign CTF is running across Ontario showing how high electricity costs are hurting health care. In many cases, the CTF has found that hospital electricity bills are up even though consumption is down.

For example, electricity bills at William Osler Health in Brampton are up $4.3 million, nearly 126 per cent, over the past five years. North Bay Regional Health has seen an increase of 19 per cent since 2012, even though consumption has fallen, and similarly, Brockville General saw a 48 per cent increase over five years, even though their consumption also fell.

On Monday November 27, the government announced that it would be spending $64 million this year to improve energy efficiency in hospitals.

“It is obvious that the government is paying attention to our campaign about high electricity bills in hospitals, but spending more money on energy efficiency programs won’t solve the problem. We know from the data that many hospitals face increased bills even as they use less electricity. Hospitals are in the same situation that families across the province are in, where we are paying more to use less. Encouraging hospitals to save electricity is important, but we already know it won’t solve the problem. We need structural change,” concluded Van Geyn.

The “Stop High Energy Bills” campaign is part a more than year-long campaign by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and has included the release of documents showing electricity cost increases for hospitals. More information on those releases can be found HERE.

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