More funds for long-term care homes

The Ontario government is investing an additional $761 million to build and renovate 74 long-term care homes across the province, including $34,030,152 in Stouffville.

The additional funding is part of the province’s new funding model that helps break down historic barriers and accelerates the construction of urgently needed long-term care projects, providing seniors with the quality care they deserve.

“We are bringing the long-term care funding model into the 21st century,” MPP Paul Calandra said. “The province’s targeted approach to improving and expanding long-term care capacity in our communities will ensure that our loved ones will have comfortable, modern places to live, near family and friends, with the support they need, when they need it.”

Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term Care in Stouffville is receiving an additional investment of $32,991,360 helping them build 320 new spaces. This money is in addition to the 2019 announcement of $556,911,926 funding.

Bloomington Cove Care Communityin Whitchurch-Stouffville is receiving an additional investment of $1,038,792, helping them upgrade 10 spaces. This million dollars is in addition to the 2019 announcement of $1,727,853 funding.

“Our government has been taking historic steps to improve the quality of life for our loved ones by adding capacity and upgrading Ontario’s long-term care homes,” Long-term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said. “We introduced the modernized funding model to build and renovate these homes faster, and we’re already seeing results, with thousands of new, safe, and comfortable spaces in progress.”

The modernized funding model is helping the government deliver on its commitment to create 30,000 beds over 10 years. The new model moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and instead, provides tailored incentives to address the needs of developers in different markets: rural, mid-size, urban, and large urban. It also introduces an up-front development grant to address high cost barriers to construction.

Working together with long-term care partners, Ontario continues to use innovative ideas and modern solutions to help end hallway health care and increase long-term care capacity in communities across the province. The government is also driving the development of new long-term care spaces by selling surplus lands with the requirement that long-term care homes be built on portions of the properties, and through the Accelerated Build pilot program, which is adding 1,280 spaces in a matter of months, not years.

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