Vaughan Community Health Centre

With a new hospital still under debate, and with uncertainties, of still years away, the province in 2004 began advocating for Community Health Centres (CHC) in place of hospitals in order to provide for the medical needs of residents in areas which did not have the required medical infrastructure.  As Member of Provincial Parliament, Mario promoted a CHC in Vaughan. Some were opposed to the idea because they feared it would then delay the construction of a new hospital. Again, Mario looking at the bigger picture, knew that approval for new hospital was still years away, but with a growing and demanding population, Vaughan needed to expand health-care services immediately. 

Around 2007, the ribbon was cut on Vaughan Community Health Centre at Jane St. North of Rutherford Rd.  It is a not-for-profit, community-governed organization providing clinical and social services to the residents of western and northern York Region with a focus on youth, seniors and people with mental health and addiction issues.  Services are provided in different languages within a safe, accessible and comfortable environment. They were expanded through collaborations with community-based health and social service organizations.