Quebec’s Health Minister, Danielle McCann, is capping parking rates at hospitals across the province.
The first two hours of parking will be free for anyone going to the hospital and daily rates will max out in the $7 to $10 range, depending on the region.
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McCann also says she plans to incorporate a deal for hospital guests who made regular visits for treatment or to visit loved ones.
Hospital parking fees was debated during Quebec’s provincial elections and the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) made a promise to cap the fees during its election campaign in 2018.
A representative for McCann confirmed with Daily Hive that reducing parking rates in hospitals throughout Quebec will cost the government around $150 million annually.
In Montreal for example, it’s free to park at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) for 30 minutes or less but then jumps to $12 for 31 to 60 minutes and caps at $24 for the day.
Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in the east end charges $17 for daily parking and average parking costs for hospitals around the province is $25 a day.
McCann’s party did not say when the new parking fees will go into effect but last month she hoped it would be in place before the 2022 provincial elections.