The province will make parking at hospitals more affordable for frequent visitors.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins says starting October 1, hospitals that charge more than $10 a day for parking will be required to provide 5-, 10- and 30-day passes.
Those passes will be 50 per cent cheaper than a regular day pass and will allow for in and out privileges over 24 hours and will be transferable between patients and caregivers.
The passes will be good for for one year from the date of purchase and Hoskins says about 900,000 patients and their visitors will benefit from the reduced parking fees each year.
Each hospital will have to work with patient and family advisory groups on the details of the parking plans.
The health minister says “Parking fees should never be a barrier for patients when they go to the hospital. With today’s announcement, we are providing relief from the high cost of parking at some hospitals in Ontario.”
The government is also directing hospitals not to raise their daily parking rates for the next three years starting today.