Ontario Making Hospital Parking More Affordable

Rates Cut in Half for Frequent Visitors to Hospitals

This article may be of interest to you if you have a family member or loved one in hospital for a period of time. The Ontario Government has introduced new parking rates for frequent users. It may be possible for you to investigate whether this approach would also apply to healthcare providers who frequent the hospital.

News Release

Ontario is reducing a financial burden on patients and their loved ones by requiring hospitals that charge more than $10 per day for parking to offer discounted passes that effectively cut the daily maximum rates for frequent visitors by at least 50 per cent.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto today to highlight the discounts, which took effect on October 1. Lowering parking costs by offering discounted parking passes will help people in their everyday lives by saving money for those who need to go to a hospital often, such as for a series of treatments, or to visit friends or family members who are in hospital for an extended stay.

Hospitals with a daily maximum rate of more than $10 are now providing 5-, 10- and 30-day passes that are:

  • Discounted by at least 50 per cent off the daily maximum rate
  • Transferrable among patients, caregivers and their vehicles
  • Equipped with in-and-out privileges throughout a 24-hour period
  • Valid for consecutive or non-consecutive days, at the choice of the pass user
  • Good for one year from the date of purchase.

About 900,000 patients and visitors per year across Ontario -- including 135,000 seniors -- are expected to benefit from reduced parking fees.