VANESSA DE MATTEIS,
Office of the Minister of Long-Term Care
CANNINGTON: The Ontario government is adding 73 new and 247 upgraded long-term care beds to modernize and expand two long-term care homes in Cannington and the City of Kawartha Lakes. This is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care, and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When these two homes in Cannington and the City of Kawartha Lakes are completed, 320 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”
The projects are:
• Bon-Air Long-Term Care Residence in Cannington, which will add 73 new and 55 upgraded beds in a new building for the existing home.
• OMNI – City of Kawartha Lakes, which will add 192 upgraded beds in a new building.
The homes will address the residents’ needs by providing proposed services such as specialized behavioural support, palliative care, or partnerships within the health and education sector. Construction for these projects is expected to start between Fall 2023 and Winter 2024.
There are now 1,458 new and 950 upgraded long-term care beds in development, under construction or completed in Durham and Kawartha Lakes Counties.
In addition to the two projects announced Monday, April 4th, projects already underway are:
• 160 upgraded beds at Glen Hill Terrace in Whitby
• 124 new and 100 upgraded beds at Chartwell Ballycliffe Long Term Care Residence in Ajax
• 320 new upgraded beds at Lakeridge Health in Ajax (Lakeridge Gardens)
• 125 new and 99 upgraded beds at Glen Hill Strathaven in Bowmanville
• 200 new beds at Regional Municipality of Durham in North Pickering
• 87 new and 169 upgraded beds at Southbridge in Pickering
• 92 new and 100 upgraded beds at Reachview Village in Uxbridge
• 192 new beds at Schlegel Villages in Ajax
• 149 new and 75 upgraded beds at Southbridge in Port Perry
• 96 new beds at Extendicare in Lindsay
The government has a plan to fix long-term care and to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.
“Our government is continuing to build and improve existing beds in Kawartha Lakes and Cannington,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “These two new projects will help us better meet the growing demand for long-term care and reduce waitlists for local residents who deserve upgraded spaces and high-quality care within their own communities.”