Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term CarePublished on March 22, 2021
Investment includes 576 new spaces in the Town of Newmarket
The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects — including two in the Town of Newmarket that will lead to 576 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.
The projects are:
- Southlake Regional Health Centre is being allocated 320 new spaces to build a long-term care in Newmarket.
- BLWL Healthcare is being allocated 256 new spaces to create a brand-new home in Newmarket. The home will offer services to the Chinese community.
“The number of people in Newmarket-Aurora who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “The two new long-term care projects announced today will help ensure that patients have access to quality care in safe, modern spaces right here in our community.”
In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Provincewide, 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.
“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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