McGuinty Government Invests in York Region Public Health Services

Ontario is supporting local initiatives aimed at preventing and managing bed bug infestations in York Region.

With the support of the Ontario government York Region Public Health Services will be delivering programs and services throughout York Region.

Across the province Public Health Units are delivering bed-bug related programs that emphasize collaboration with local partners to provide education and outreach to the public. Programming may also support vulnerable populations that are most negatively affected by bed bug infestations.

The province and public health units are also working together to develop better ways to assess bed bug activity and infestations.


“This funding will provide education and outreach that will assist the people of York Region in identifying and preventing the spread of bed bugs. “
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“I’m proud that the province is taking a proactive stance to address the growing issue of bed bug infestations around Ontario. To be successful in the fight against bed bugs, we need the cooperation of everyone, including all levels of government, public and private stakeholders and the public.”
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


  • Adult bed bugs are 3-5 millimetres in size – about the size and shape of an apple seed – and are reddish brown in colour.
  • The York Regional Health Unit is receiving $340,396 in to help deliver this local program
  • This $5 million provincial investment responds to recommendations made at a Bed Bug Summit hosted by MPP Mike Colle in September 2010.


Read about how to prevent, identify, and get rid of bed bugs.

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