Ontario Adding 448 New Long-Term Care Spaces in NiagaraPublished on December 14, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake - The Ontario government is moving forward with two new long-term care home projects in Niagara to help reduce local waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for our seniors. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Details were provided today at Pleasant Manor in Niagara-on-the-Lake by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.
Radiant Care, Pleasant Manor, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pleasant Manor in Niagara-on-the-Lake has been approved for 38 new spaces, in addition to previous allocations for 81 new spaces and 41 upgraded spaces, to create a 160-bed home. This entails the construction of a new building as part of a campus of care.
ConMed Health Care Group, Oakwood Manor, Niagara Falls
Oakwood Manor in Niagara Falls has been approved for 70 new spaces and the upgrade of 218 existing spaces, to create a 288-bed home through the construction of a new building.
"Today's announcement is great news for Niagara," said MPP Oosterhoff.
"Our government has been taking historic steps to add capacity and upgrade Ontario's long-term care homes as we work towards our commitment to modernize the long-term care sector."
"Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do," said Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.
"With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it."
Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.
- The 29 new projects consist of 2,983 long-term care spaces, including 1,968 new and 1,015 upgraded spaces.
Ontario is investing $1.75 billion to create 30,000 beds over ten years. Today's announcement brings the total number of new and upgraded long-term care spaces in the pipeline to 22,368.
- As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
- Ontario is committing 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.
- Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.