Ontario hospitals that charge more than $10 a day for parking will have to offer passes that discount rates by 50 per cent.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins says hospitals will have to offer 5-, 10- and 30-day discounted parking passes starting in October.
Each hospital will have to work with patient and family advisory groups on the details of the parking plans.
Hoskins says about 900,000 patients and their visitors will benefit from reduced parking fees each year at hospitals.
He says parking fees should never be a barrier for patients or their families when they go to hospital.
The hospitals have also been told not to raise daily parking fees for the next three years, starting today.