About us

The Friends of Ajax/Pickering Hospital is a group of concerned citizens, doctors, nurses, other health care providers, business officials, and patients who support the continued presence of Ajax/Pickering Hospital as the major hospital to fully service all present and future health needs of rapidly growing West Durham region.


Contacts us

Walter Donaldson, chair, 5 Kirkham Drive, Ajax, Ontario L1S 5L1

905-427 7834   e-mail


All rights reserved. Prepared by citizen volunteers. 2016

Health Minister Hoskins Approves Durham Health Corporation

A Durham hospital for Durham people was created April 28th when Health & Long-Term Care Minster Dr. Eric Hoskins accepted the Expert Panel Report’s recommendation to create a Durham Health Corporation. statement

In the future, the Ajax-Pickering Hospital will be allied with the Lakeridge Health System in a new partnership focused exclusively on the needs of this rapidly growing community.  

A separate Scarborough-based governing structure including the Centenary portion of the RVHS will be created.

Speaking recently to Ajax Council, Friends chairperson Walter Donaldson stated ‘a single Health Care System with fair and equal representation from all the municipalities and encompassing all the hospitals in Durham Region is the way to go’.  statement

Local Councils in Pickering and Ajax have, in the past, called for a ‘single hospital corporation for all communities within Durham Region’ as a way of responding to population growth & improving local fundraising. There has been a public perception that services have been moved from the local hospital.  

To help advance integration efforts, Mr. Mark Rochon has been appointed for a 90 day period to advise the Minister.  Mr. Rochon is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto on Health policy, Management and Evaluation. statement


Minister Statement April 28, 2016

Mark Rochon appointment

Panel Report

Council Presentation Apr 2016

The Scarborough Mirror has covered this process extensively. Recent link