Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term CarePublished on March 18, 2021
Includes 4 projects in Kitchener and Cambridge
NEWS 18 March 2021
Kitchener — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced that the Ontario government is making a historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects — including four in Kitchener and Cambridge that will lead to 281 new long-term care spaces. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
- peopleCare Kitchener is being allocated 80 new spaces to create a 192-bed home through the construction of a new building in Kitchener as part of a campus of care.
- Trinity Village Care Centre, in Kitchener, is being allocated 60 new spaces. The project will result in a 210-bed home through the construction of a new building in Kitchener as part of a campus of care.
- Cambridge Country Manor is being allocated 33 new spaces. The project will involve renovations and addition resulting in a 128-bed home in Cambridge.
- Fairview Mennonite Home, in Cambridge, is being allocated 108 new spaces. This project will involve renovations and addition resulting in a 192-bed home in Cambridge as part of a campus of care. The home will offer services to Francophone and Mennonite residents.
In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Province-wide, these investments also support key government priorities, including eliminating three and four bed ward rooms, creating campuses of care and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.
“This historic expansion and modernization of long-term care by the provincial government will directly benefit Waterloo Region residents,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “This announcement today will ensure that new and upgraded spaces in safe environments are soon available for those in our community that need them most.”
“The number of people in Waterloo Region who will need long-term care is expected to rise significantly over the next decade,” said Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
“peopleCare is thrilled to receive this award of 80 new long-term care beds in Kitchener and would like to sincerely thank Minister Fullerton and MPPs Mike Harris and Amy Fee for their continued support and ongoing investments to expand the care and services available for seniors in this community and across the province,” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO of peopleCare. “Today’s announcement will enable us to build a new 192-bed long-term care home on the beautiful grounds of our existing 80-bed home, and anchor our vision to create a vibrant campus of care in the heart of this community.”
“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need when they need it,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment.”
Criteria for selecting the projects being announced today included:
- Upgrading older homes in response to lessons learned around improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms;
- Adding spaces to areas where there is high need;
- Addressing the growing needs of diverse groups, including Francophone and Indigenous communities; and/or,
- Promoting campuses of care to better address the specialized care needs of residents.
- These projects are part Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.
- As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people across Ontario were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
- Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces.
- Ontario is investing $933 million in these projects provincewide, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years.
- With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
- Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long-term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.
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