Toronto Grace Health Centre

The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre is a 150-bed hospital located at 650 Church Street in Toronto, Ontario. Owned and operated by the Salvation Army, it specializes in palliative care, post-acute care rehabilitation, and complex continuing care.

Toronto Grace Health Centre
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Location650 Church St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Care systemPublic Medicare (Canada) (OHIP)
Emergency departmentNo
SpecialityPalliative care, Complex Continuing Care, Post Acute Care Rehabilitation
ListsHospitals in Canada


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 rehabilitation 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 - The 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 - The new building is constructed at Bloor and Church Street.
  • 1969 - Toronto Grace is designated a general hospital.
  • 1979 - Toronto Grace is designated as a chronic care and palliative care hospital, opening the first Palliative Care Unit in Ontario.
  • 1998 - The Health Services Restructuring Committee directs 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 - Toronto Grace is renamed the Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC), and increases its focus on rehabilitation introducing slow-paced rehab programs.
  • 2010 - TGHC submits its retrofit application to the Ministry of Health.
  • 2014 - TGHC's programs and services are relocated to the temporary 47 Austin Terrace, Hillcrest site, as the 650 Church Street building undergoes a major building retrofit.
  • 2017 - The infrastructure renewal project is completed and TGHC returns to its 650 Church Street location.

Scarborough Grace HospitalEdit

The Salvation Army opened a second hospital site in Scarborough in 1985 and ended their affiliation in 2008. The CEO is Jake Tran, who has held the office since 2018.[6]


  1. ^ Toronto Grace Hospital (Mid-Rise)
  2. ^ Toronto Grace Hospital
  3. ^ Publication | Toronto Grace Hospital | Energy Innovators Initiative Project Synopsis Archived 2007-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Grace hospital up for grabs as Salvation Army backs out". Metro Toronto. Free Daily News Group Inc. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "New funding saves Toronto Grace Hospital: Sally Ann". CTV News Toronto. February 4, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees". The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre. Retrieved September 13, 2020.

Coordinates: 43°40′14″N 79°22′59″W / 43.670429°N 79.383178°W / 43.670429; -79.383178