ICIP Funding to Improve and Make Upgrades to Lakeshore Lodge

Published on April 16, 2021

The federal and the provincial government are investing $300,000 in a one-time combined funding to improve and make upgrades to Lakeshore Lodge in Etobicoke – Lakeshore. It’s part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.

Humidifiers and air handling units will be upgraded by making ventilation modifications to increase fresh air intake, increase air change rates per hour and implement UVC technology to supplement ventilation, which will enhance ventilation system in the home.

“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable residents in Etobicoke – Lakeshore by providing them with the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke – Lakeshore. “Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do, and these upgrades will improve the air quality for residents of Lakeshore Lodge.”

“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”

"Lakeshore Lodge is home to some of our most treasured residents here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.  And now it will be even better and even safer.  I am proud to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $240,000, and the Province of Ontario is investing $60,000, to make improvements in the Lodge's ventilation system and improve the air quality in the Lodge. Together we are making the air in the residents' homes better and we are increasing safety during a time when COVID is causing all of us to look for ways to improve the quality of the air we breathe," said James Maloney, MP for Etobicoke – Lakeshore.

This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.

QUICK FACTS

  • This is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan
  • In the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the province set aside a total of $246 million to improve living conditions in long-term care homes, including ensuring residents have air conditioning.
  • Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes and is the first province in Canada to take this important step.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)

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