TIMMINS — As part of its plan to stay open, the Ontario government is investing over $10 million to build a new health care facility for the Centre de santé communautaire de Timmins (CSC Timmins). This new, dedicated site will bring together comprehensive health services under one roof to improve access to quality care for Francophone patients and families in Timmins and the surrounding area as the province continues to build a stronger, more resilient health system that is better able to respond to crisis.

“Supporting projects like the new facility for CSC Timmins is one more way we are building a stronger, more resilient health care system for all Ontarians, no matter where they live,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With this investment, patients and families in Timmins will be able to access care that meets their unique needs for years to come, close to home.”

CSC Timmins currently provides programs and services such as primary health, mental health and addictions and chronic disease services in two temporary locations. This investment will enable the team to operate in one new, modern facility and expand services to include childhood education, physiotherapy and psychology services. This will improve patient experience, making it easier and more convenient for Franco-Ontarians to access high-quality care under one roof.

Once complete, the new CSC Timmins will accommodate about 18,000 visits and 20,000 group attendances for health care services each year. The facility will also mean medical students will be able to receive hands-on practical training onsite under the supervision of a family physician, building on the government’s commitment to invest in the doctors of tomorrow and bolster the province’s health workforce to provide care for growing and underserved communities.

“Ensuring that all Ontarians have equal access to healthcare is a top priority for this government,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “That’s why we are investing $10 million in a state-of-the-art community health centre that will cater to Timmins’ Francophone community. With this new facility, patients will be able to access a wide variety of health services under one roof—all in their language. Not only will the new facility make healthcare more accessible, but it will also help to improve patient outcomes.”

Ontario is working with CSC Timmins to progress through the next stage of the planning process, which includes designing the new facility, and assess how the project can further help address the health care needs of patients and residents in the region.