On the heels of a third wave advisory, Ontario is granting 11,707 long-term care spaces to be built through 80 projects across the province.
The province is investing $933 million, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years. The goal is to end hallway medicine and reduce waitlists. In December 2020, more than 40,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
More than 60 of these newly announced projects involve constructing brand-new buildings and 35 involve campuses of care where multiple services will be provided on the same site. Eighteen projects serve cultural groups, including five projects that will serve Indigenous communities and seven that will serve Ontario’s francophone population.
Just a few of these sites include a Mon Sheong Long-Term Care in Scarborough, which will bring 320 additional spaces to a new complex. Chartwell – Gibson in North York will add a 256-bed home through the construction of a new building. Ottawa’s Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre has been issued 156 spaces to build a long-term care home and Rainy River First Nations has been allocated 64 new spaces to create a net new long-term care home in Emo. For a complete list of projects refer to the Ontario government website.
With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.