Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term Care

Published on March 18, 2021

The Ontario government is making a historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects which will lead to an additional 7,510 new and 4,197 upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.

Chartwell White Eagle, Toronto has been allocated 200 new spaces and 56 upgraded spaces for the construction of a new 256-bed long-term care home in Etobicoke–Lakeshore.

“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the center of everything we do,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke – Lakeshore. “The number of people who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade and today’s announcement will help ensure that seniors in Etobicoke - Lakeshore will be able to remain close to their families and friends in a familiar environment.”

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.

“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.”

QUICK FACTS

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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