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[UHN] Toronto - free parking for UHN front-line workers

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Toronto - free parking for UHN front-line workers

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Parking will be free for front-line workers at the University Health Network for at least the next month, says UHN CEO and president Kevin Smith.

The announcement was made on Tuesday during a “virtual open-forum” for the hospital network’s staff live-streamed on YouTube.

“A number of our very generous donors and our board leaders have made donations to ensure that parking will be without cost for the next month to our front line workers and I’m so pleased and thankful for that,” said Smith during the live-stream. “I know that’s something you’ve wanted, and I’m happy to share we’ll be moving to that model.”

The rate for parking for front-line staff was $127 for a 10-day parking pass. UHN initially planned to lower the cost to $100 per pass before deciding to make it free entirely.
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Hot deal for the one UHN employee who will see this.
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Cartman86 wrote: All hospitals should be doing this
THIS.

With all the hospital restricting visitation & with all that available parking space, why not.

This will also elevate some staffs to not take TTC, which also help TTC to not be overcrowded.
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Cartman86 wrote: All hospitals should be doing this
Agreed, my wife works at Mount Sinai and is getting hit with high parking rates.
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The hospitals don't have a say on whether parking is free or not. From my understanding, the parking lots at most if not all hospitals are managed by third party vendors (Precise Link, etc). The hospitals pay a management fee to these third party companies which is why they need donors to step up to pay these third party companies to allow for 'free parking' for staff. If anything, it should be these parking management companies that should step up and help in these situations.

In any case, glad to see donors helping out. Front line staff shouldn't have to pay for parking in times like these.
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slowsucks wrote: In any case, glad to see donors helping out. Front line staff shouldn't have to pay for parking in times like these.
Are they accepting online donations somewhere? I know I'd chip in and I'm sure a lot of others would too.
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I thought it is always like this. Surprise, surprise
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BC made it free parking for all at all BC hospitals on March 30 (effective April 1)

https://globalnews.ca/news/6753205/temp ... 19-crisis/
The B.C. government is suspending pay parking at hospitals and other health facilities amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Parking will be free for patients, staff and visitors at all sites owned and operated by health authorities until further notice, starting Wednesday.
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I work at sick kids and the staff discount rate is $16/day. Complete bs. Because of covid they said they are reducing it to $10/day. Glad to see other hospitals stepping up. Hope they follow suit.
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Scarborough Grace is doing free parking. The gates are up
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I am volunteer for Sinai and one of the number one priorities has been trying to secure parking, meals, and discounted accommodations (some workers are staying downtown to protect their families) for front line workers to help out and improve morale.

The lots near Sinai are privately owned - so the hospital simply cannot make it free.

It is tough not only because everyone is asking for help and everyone is going through their own tough times, but importantly hospital funds (or money raised by the hospital) cannot be used for this initiative so we have to go directly to the parking lots or donors to give.

If anyone wants to help or has suggestion to help get some parking spots near the hospital please DM me.
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Sick Kids is still charging $10 a day to park. So much for that.
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Anikiri wrote: Sick Kids is still charging $10 a day to park. So much for that.
That's half price and Sick kids owns their lot. 100% of the proceeds go back to the hospital.

Someone feel free to correct me on the proceeds part but i'm almost certain i've read that somewhere.
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bigzinc10 wrote: I work at sick kids and the staff discount rate is $16/day. Complete bs. Because of covid they said they are reducing it to $10/day. Glad to see other hospitals stepping up. Hope they follow suit.
But I suspect that when it's free, all the staff would start driving there, and it'd end up being full, and it'd end up being lucky to find available parking even with that other building.

(Not defending them or anything, cuz I hate it there)
urbanxspirit wrote: Scarborough Grace is doing free parking. The gates are up
But to be fair, Scarborough Grace's staff parking should be around like 60 bucks a month for staff? (Scarb General was around there). Downtown Hospital staff rate is like 180-200 a month (for Sick Kids). Still a very good gesture.
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Eaton Centre is providing free parking to st Michael's hospital doctors, nurses and staff.
Thank you to Cadillac Fairview for the generosity.
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That's correct. It goes back to hospital, how come I can't write off as charitable donation?
TheDoctah wrote: That's half price and Sick kids owns their lot. 100% of the proceeds go back to the hospital.

Someone feel free to correct me on the proceeds part but i'm almost certain i've read that somewhere.
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used to work at UHN...they should make it FREE all the time!!
i always parked at sick kids as they have one of the lowest rate...relatively speaking

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