Ontario Investing Additional $38,205,194 to Build Long-Term Care in NiagaPublished on December 14, 2020
Grimsby - The Ontario government is investing an additional $761 million to build and renovate 74 long-term care homes across the province, including $38,205,194 across Niagara. The additional funding is part of the province's new funding model that helps break down historic barriers and accelerates the construction of urgently needed long-term care projects, providing seniors with the quality care they deserve.
Details were provided today by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, at Shalom Manor in Grimsby, which is receiving an additional investment of $13,046,544, helping them build 128 new spaces.
- Long-term care homes in Niagara benefiting from the new funding model include:
Foyer Richelieu is a French-speaking home in Welland receiving an additional investment of $6,112,064, helping them build 66 new spaces and upgrading 62 spaces
- Royal Rose Place in Welland is receiving an additional investment of $3,056,032, helping them build 64 new spaces
- Linhaven Long-Term Care Home in St. Catharines is receiving an additional investment of $16,660684, helping them build 81 new spaces and upgrade 41 spaces
- Westhills Centre in St. Catharines is receiving an additional investment of $10,414,688, helping them build 96 new spaces and upgrade 64 spaces
"Our government has been taking historic steps to improve the quality of life for our loved ones by adding capacity and upgrading Ontario's long-term care homes," said Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.
"We introduced the modernized funding model to build and renovate these homes faster, and we’re already seeing results, with thousands of new, safe, and comfortable spaces in progress."
"The number of people in Niagara who will need long-term care is expected to increase significantly over the next decade," said MPP Sam Oosterhoff.
"The work underway here will make sure that our loved ones will have a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need, when they need it."
The modernized funding model is helping the government deliver on its commitment to create 30,000 beds over 10 years. The new model moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and instead, provides tailored incentives to address the needs of developers in different markets: rural, mid-size, urban, and large urban. It also introduces an up-front development grant to address high cost barriers to construction.
Working together with long-term care partners, Ontario continues to use innovative ideas and modern solutions to help end hallway health care and increase long-term care capacity in communities across the province. The government is also driving the development of new long-term care spaces by selling surplus lands with the requirement that long-term care homes be built on portions of the properties, and through the Accelerated Build pilot program, which is adding 1,280 spaces in a matter of months, not years.
- The modernized funding model has already boosted support for 74 projects across the province, representing 10,753 long-term care spaces: 3,957 new beds, and 6,796 older beds being redeveloped to modern standards. Of the 74 projects, 49 involve the construction of a brand-new building.
- Under the previous funding model, these projects would have received $8.1 billion, which includes one-time funding, 2019 construction funding subsidies over 25 years, and operational funding over 30 years. Thanks to the modernized funding model, the projects will now receive an increased amount of $8.9 billion.
- As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.