Toronto Grace Health Centre

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Toronto Grace Health Centre
The Salvation Army
Toronto Grace Hospital.JPG
Location 650 Church St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Care system Public Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department No
Beds 119
Speciality Palliative care
Founded 1905
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Toronto Grace Health Centre is a hospital located at 650 Church Street in Toronto, Ontario. Owned and operated by the Salvation Army, it specializes in palliative care, slow-paced rehabilitation, and complex continuing care.


Located on the corner of Church and Bloor Street in downtown Toronto, the six-storey facility[1] was known as a maternity hospital up to the 1970s when the hospital closed its pregnancy ward. It was one of the first hospitals in Canada to introduce palliative care[citation needed]. It is now a long term and palliative care facility.[2]

In 2002, the hospital underwent several renovations, meant to curb energy consumption, in associated with the Energy Innovators Initiative[3]

The Salvation Army was prepared to close the hospital starting in February 2010 due to high upkeep costs,[4] but a deal was struck between the Province and the Salvation Army to keep the hospital open.[5]


  • 1889 - The Salvation Army opens a rescue home in Toronto.
  • 1905 - The home becomes The Salvation Army Maternity Hospital on Esther Street.
  • 1909 - Hospital moves to the corner of Bloor and Church Streets.
  • 1925 - An extension is added to what was then called the Toronto Women's Hospital.
  • 1937 - The hospital is renamed Toronto Grace.
  • 1959 - New building is constructed at Bloor and Church Street.
  • 1969 - Designated a general hospital.
  • 1979 - Designated a chronic care and palliative care hospital, opening the first Palliative Care Unit in Ontario.
  • 1998 - The Health Services Restructuring Committee directed the Toronto Grace and three other complex continuing care hospitals to close.
  • 2001 - The Ministry of Health reverses the decision and directs Toronto Grace to continue to provide its programs and services.
  • 2005 - Toronto Grace Hospital celebrates its 100th birthday at Church and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto
  • 2007 - Renamed Toronto Grace Health Centre with new logo


  1. ^ Toronto Grace Hospital (Mid-Rise)
  2. ^ Toronto Grace Hospital
  3. ^ Publication | Toronto Grace Hospital | Energy Innovators Initiative Project Synopsis
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Coordinates: 43°40′14″N 79°22′59″W / 43.670429°N 79.383178°W / 43.670429; -79.383178