MPP Harris Announces Improvements to Long-Term Care Homes in Waterloo RegionPublished on April 16, 2021
NEWS April 16, 2021
WATERLOO REGION — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced that the Ontario government is investing $6,643,578 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to long-term care homes in Waterloo Region. This is part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.
“Our vulnerable seniors deserve to live and receive care in modern and safe homes,” said MPP Mike Harris. “These investments will help to address the decades of neglect long-term care has endured, providing residents with the upgraded, comfortable living spaces”.
The local projects are:
- Fairview Mennonite Home, in Cambridge, will receive $703,578 to:
- Install a new HVAC system that will provide consistent air quality and flow to all areas of the home. The upgrade will "cleanse" air entering the home through the HVAC system, killing bacteria and viruses that are present.
- In addition, the project will install hard surface flooring that are easier to clean and sterilize.
- PeopleCare A.R. Goudie Kitchener, in the City of Kitchener, will receive up to $5,770,000 to:
- upgrade HVAC system by installing new controllers, thermostats, valves with interconnected wiring to integrate updated devices onto BAS monitoring system. In addition, the project will install high efficiency aluminum frame windows and doors, new insulated rubber roofing membrane on entire building, and new heat-welded anti-microbial flooring.
- Upgrade nurse call system; integration of two-way audio comms system
- Retrofit existing networking, cabling, IT
- Sunnyside Home, in the City of Kitchener, will receive up to $170,000 to:
- Install new HVAC exhaust fans to replace aging units. The project will improve air quality to decrease the risk of infection.
“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”
This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
“peopleCare sincerely thanks the federal and provincial governments for continuing to fund significant investments for long-term care operators to deal with the pressures of pandemic, especially in older homes,” says Iuliana Constantin, Chief Financial Officer for peopleCare. “This funding is another welcome example and will enable us to upgrade our AR Goudie long-term care home in ways that add another layer of safety and comfort onto the leading practice infection prevention and control measures that our team has already put in place.”
““The Fairview Mennonite Home would like to thank both the provincial and federal government for this funding grant. The ‘Investing in Canada Infrastructure – Long Term Care Homes’ grant is an exceptional example of the commitment to support long-term care from both levels of government. Fairview is sincerely thankful to MPP Mike Harris for his continual support as these funds will allow improvements to the home that help advance the quality of life for our residents. Now, more than ever, is the time to act to support long-term care and our government has done so,” said Elaine Shantz, CEO of Fairview Mennonite Homes.
In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.
- This is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan
- In the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the province set aside a total of $246 million to improve living conditions in long-term care homes, including ensuring residents have air conditioning.
- Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes and is the first province in Canada to take this important step.
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