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Ontario Building New Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Beds in Toronto

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Ontario Building New Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Beds in Toronto

Ongoing investments in new projects will bring much-needed beds to the province

TORONTO — The Ontario government is adding 1,328 new and 641 upgraded long-term care beds across nine not-for-profit long-term care homes in Toronto, including one municipal home. 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 nine not-for-profit homes in Toronto are completed, 1,969 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”

The 1,328 new and 641 upgraded long-term care beds will be built at these nine not-for-profit long-term care homes:

  • 100 new beds at Belmont House. These will be added to the existing 140 beds, resulting in a 240-bed home. Construction is expected to start by Summer, 2023
  • 256 new beds at the new Hallcrown Seniors Home. Construction is expected to start by Spring, 2023
  • 33 new beds at Hellenic Care for Seniors (Toronto). This is an expansion of an existing home and will bring the total number of beds to 114. Construction is expected to start by Fall, 2022
  • 320 new beds in a new Sinai Health–Toronto long-term care home. Construction is expected to start by Fall, 2023
  • 128 new beds at The Rekai Centre at Cherry Place. This will be a further 128 bed allocation on top of previous allocations of 94 new and 126 upgraded beds, resulting in a new 348 bed home. Construction is expected to start by Fall, 2022
  • 256 upgraded beds at Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged. This is a redevelopment of an existing home, and the total number of beds in this home will be 381. Construction is expected to start by Spring, 2024
  • 256 new beds at West Park Long-Term Care Centre. This will be a new home built on the existing site of West Park Long-Term Care Centre, which will remain in operation. Construction is expected to start by Spring, 2023
  • 56 new beds and 136 upgraded beds at Better Living at Thompson House. Construction is expected to start in Summer 2026
  • 179 new beds and 249 upgraded beds for the Seven Oaks a Municipal home operated by the City of Toronto. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2024.

The projects announced today are in addition to the many other not-for-profit projects already underway in Ontario. In total, there are now 120 not-for-profit projects, including municipal homes, in development or under construction in Ontario. Of these projects, 22 are located in Toronto.

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.

Quick Facts

  • As of today, Ontario now has 24,160 new and 19,338 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 80 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
  • Ontario plans to invest an additional $3.7 billion, beginning in 2024-25, on top of the historic $2.68 billion already invested, to support this new series of allocations for the development of 10,000 net new and more than 12,000 upgraded beds across the province. These historic investments would bring the total to $6.4 billion since spring 2019.
  • Ontario is providing long-term care homes with $868 million in additional funding to help protect the health and safety of residents, staff and caregivers, and to ensure residents get the care they need and deserve. This funding will cover the extraordinary costs of COVID-19 in 2021-2022. $328 million of it is being used primarily to address the enhanced measures enacted in response to the Omicron variant.

Quotes

“With more than 75 percent of our 10-year plan to build 30,000 long-term care beds already allocated, this announcement is another step forward to ensure that our seniors are able to age with care, compassion, and the support they need.”

– Robin Martin
MPP for Eglinton—Lawrence

“As a vocal advocate for seniors and disabled persons in my riding, I am proud to be a part of a government who recognizes their worth and lifelong contributions to our province. The new construction starting in the spring of 2023 of 256 new beds at the new not-for-profit Hallcrown Seniors Home, which has the incredible support of the Armenian community who have championed this project along with me, promises to meet the needs of many seniors and their families in our community. I welcome this excellent news.”

– Vincent Ke
MPP for Don Valley North

“I am honoured to participate in this historic announcement to build 1,328 beds and upgrade 641 beds in Toronto respectively. This announcement is part of our government’s commitment to build 30,000 long-term care beds in Ontario by 2028. The significance of today’s announcement for a number of ethnic communities speaks to our commitment to ensure that seniors receive the best culturally appropriate care in Toronto. After 25 years of waiting, the Armenian long-term care dream is a reality. My heartfelt gratitude to the Premier of Ontario, Minister Paul Calandra, and former Minister Rod Phillips.”

– Aris Babikian
MPP for Scarborough—Agincourt

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