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Toronto, ON, July 26 – Public Health Ontario’s laboratories will become one of the central tenants at MaRS Centre Phase 2, as the restart of construction of was announced today in Toronto. The new location of Public Health Ontario’s laboratories will build on existing partnerships in health care, academia and the private sector.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the MaRS Centre Phase 2 development,” said Dr. Vivek Goel, President and CEO. “As an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians, renewal and advancement of our laboratories is essential for Ontario’s continued response to emerging public health threats. Relocating our laboratories to downtown Toronto has always been part of the start-up mandate of our agency. By relocating, we will continue to attract top research talent and work synergistically with academics in the downtown core.”

“Public Health Ontario plays an important role in keeping our families healthy and protecting our quality of life,” said Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation and MPP for Toronto Centre. “Ontario’s public health care, highly skilled workforce, world-class education system and internationally recognized research community all contribute to an environment where new ideas flourish and new companies grow, creating jobs and improving the lives of Ontarians.”

“Our public health laboratory plays a critical role in the protection of the health of all Ontarians. I applaud this major step taken by Public Health Ontario,” said Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.

Locating at MaRS is part of Public Health Ontario’s continuing focus on the modernization and renewal of its laboratory system. Recent improvements have included creating a dedicated customer service centre, investing in a high volume testing platform and extensive facilities planning. With more than four million tests conducted per year, Public Health Ontario is one of the world’s largest public health laboratory systems, contributing to patient care in all areas of the province.

Public Health Ontario is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, Public Health Ontario links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nicole Helsberg
Public Health Ontario
647 260 7247

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