Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term Care
Includes 140 spaces in King-Vaughan
March 22, 2021
King-Vaughan — The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects — including one in King-Vaughan that will lead to 76 new and 64 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 project is:
Mariann Nursing Home and Residence has been allocated 76 new and 64 upgraded spaces to create a 140-bed home through the construction of a new building in King City.
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.
“King Township has a population of 25,000 and yet only 36 long-term care beds. Our seniors population and their families deserve better — they deserve to have access to a modern long-term care home in the heart of our community. Following sustained advocacy, I am proud to announce that a 140-bed state-of-the-art long-term care home is coming to King Township, delivering an improved quality of life and reduced waitlist for the greatest generation.”
“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.”
Criteria for selecting the projects being announced today included:
Upgrading older homes in response to lessons learned around improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms;
Adding spaces to areas where there is high need;
Addressing the growing needs of diverse groups, including Francophone and Indigenous communities; and/or,
Promoting campuses of care to better address the specialized care needs of residents.
“On behalf of King Township council, I’m extremely pleased to hear the news about the allocation 76 new and 64 upgraded spaces to create a 140-bed home,” said King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini. “Providing safe, comfortable and modern spaces in King Township will allow our residents needing long-term care the ability to stay close to family and loved ones.”
Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of King Township
“We are pleased for our residents, staff and families on today’s announcement allocating Mariann Home an additional 76 new and 64 upgraded spaces to create a 140 – bed home through the construction of a new building in King City.
We are especially grateful to Minister Stephen Lecce for his advocacy, support and trust in our collective vision to successfully bring a Long-term Care home to the community.
This allocation, will allow Mariann Home to continue to be a vital, engaged and active member of the community, fulfilling our mission to provide excellent, long-term care in a catholic environment that reflects the healing ministry of Jesus to those vulnerable people of all faiths, entrusted to our care.”
Bernard Boreland, Administrator / CEO, Marianne Home
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 province wide, 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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Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan
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