Ontario Marks Progress at Long-Term Care Home in KitchenerPublished on June 08, 2021
The Village of Winston Park bringing much-needed spaces to the community
June 08, 2021
TORONTO — Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South—Hespeler, and Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener—Conestoga, marked the significant construction progress achieved to date at The Village of Winston Park long-term care home in Kitchener.
“Our Government is committed to making long-term care a better place to live for residents and a better place to work for staff,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “The Village of Winston Park is making great progress and I know this newly renovated facility will become a comfortable place for staff to work and a safe, modern place that seniors in Kitchener can call home.”
The Village of Winston Park will provide 97 new and 95 newly redeveloped, safe, modern long-term care spaces in Kitchener. Phase one of the project, which consists of 128 spaces, is scheduled to open in February 2022. Phase two of the project, which consists of 64 spaces, is scheduled to open in June 2023. This construction progress moves the government a step closer to delivering 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.
The new development of The Village of Winston Park is another example of the Ontario government’s plan to accelerate the construction of much needed long-term care projects.
"It is exciting to witness the progress of this important expansion at Schlegel Villages, The Village of Winston Park, as this project will go a long way toward meeting the demand for long-term care beds now and in the future,” said Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South—Hespeler. “These 192 new and upgraded modern spaces will provide the seniors of our community with the kind of modernized accommodations they so richly deserve."
“Local seniors deserve timely access to the high quality care they need, close to their families, friends, and support networks,” said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener—Conestoga. “While only 611 beds were built across the entire province between 2011 and 2018, our government is getting shovels in the ground to build and redevelop 821 beds in Waterloo Region alone, including these 192 modern spaces at The Village of Winston Park”.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress we’ve seen as we move closer to welcoming new residents to the Village of Winston Park. Schlegel Villages is excited to increase the number of long term care beds to better serve the seniors of Waterloo region as well as allowing our residents to move through the continuum of care as their care needs change over time,” said James Schlegel, President and CEO of Schlegel Villages. “This is a fine example of Long-Term Care providers working in partnership with The Ministry of Long-Term Care to meet the needs of the local community, and we look forward to progress well into the future.”
- The Ontario government is making a historic $2.68 billion investment in long-term care development. That includes the March 2021 announcement of a $933 million investment in 80 new long-term care projects. This will lead to thousands of new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province.
- Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
- Creating new long-term care spaces and redeveloping existing older spaces to modern standards is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.
- As of December 2020, more than 40,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.