Long Term Care ModernizationPublished on July 17, 2020
Ontario’s aging population needs new long-term care beds developed and older homes redeveloped fast to meet their growing care needs.
The government is committed to building 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years.
After 15 years of underinvestment in long-term care and a massive waitlist of 38,000 the government is putting forward bold new solutions to drive the development of long-term care beds across the province and ensure our most vulnerable citizens can live in modern surroundings. The government recognizes the current “one-size fits all” funding approach to development does not get beds built quickly or account for how regional differences impact barriers to development, including land, construction, and development charges.
This new funding model will encourage new beds to be built faster and upgrade existing homes to meet high quality design standards, with features like air conditioning and private or semi-private rooms.
This announcement will result in an estimated 8,000 new long-term care beds... and 12,000 redeveloped long-term care beds. These estimated 20,000 beds are the first step in several new initiatives we will be putting forward to meet the government's commitment to the province’s most vulnerable people.
Working together with our long-term care partners, the government is using innovative ideas and modern solutions to support our most vulnerable Ontarians.
This funding plan will:
- Create four new regional categories that includes large urban and urban, mid-size and rural. The government will increase the province’s construction funding subsidy (CFS) tailored to each of these four categories, enabling the government to address the barriers and needs of different communities
- Provide upfront grants, between 10 percent and 17 per cent depending on regional category, to cover the cost of development charges, land and other development expenses.
- Help small operators in rural communities navigate the high cost of development, while ensuring larger urban centres can secure the loans and real estate they need.
- Increase funding to incentivize the construction of basic accommodation and continuing top-ups for small and medium sized homes.
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