MPP Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, recently announced the creation of 636 new long-term care beds in York Region, including 320 in Stouffville.

The announcement paves the way for a new long-term care facility to be built on Sandiford Drive by the Mon Sheong Foundation, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of Chinese culture, heritage, language and philosophy. The proposed facility, which was the subject of public meeting last September, would house a total 1,030 long-term care beds and be located at 162 and 176 Sandiford Drive in Stouffville.  The 4.09-hectare (10.11 acres) property is currently vacant and undeveloped.

“Planning staff are currently working with the developers to proceed with a zoning change so work can begin at the location,” said Haiqing Xu, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville development services director. “We are expecting to bring this request to council in June.”

The land is currently zoned for an employment business park with a holding provision. The applicant is seeking permission to add an institutional use to the zone.

“Approval of this development would create hundreds of jobs for the Stouffville area and help reduce long-term care wait times in York Region,” said Xu. “The changing demographics of Whitchurch-Stouffville dictate the need for an age-friendly community.  Town staff is certainly in support of such development.”

The staff recommendation is expected to be before council on June 19.  The meeting gets underway at 3 p.m. in council chambers at 111 Sandiford Drive. The agenda will be available June 14.

“Planning staff have done a terrific job working with the developers to make this facility a reality,” said Xu. “We look forward to continuing this relationship.