Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term Care in Niagara

Published on March 18, 2021

The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects - including two projects in Niagara that will lead to 53 new and 235 upgraded 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 include:

  • Niagara Health's Welland Site which is being allocated 53 new spaces and 75 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 128-bed home through the construction of a new building in Welland.
  • The Regional Municipality of Niagara's Gilmore Lodge in Fort Erie which is being allocated 160 spaces to construct a new building as part of a campus of care.
  • In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Province-wide, 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.

"The number of people in Niagara who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"Today's announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them."

"On behalf of Regional Council, I want to express our gratitude to the provincial government for the additional 160 long-term care spaces," said Jim Bradley, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

"The successful expansion of the Gilmour Lodge site depends on these beds both in order to make our vision of a holistic campus a reality, as well as to help meet the demands for long-term care in Niagara. These spaces will ensure Niagara Region can continue to provide high-quality and innovative seniors’ services in Fort Erie."

"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."