Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Long-Term Care
Includes 448 spaces in Markham-Stouffville
Markham-Stouffville — The Ontario government is making an historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects — including two in Markham-Stouffville that will lead to 405 new and 43 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 projects are:
- Schlegel Villages in Stouffville is being allocated 192 new spaces.
- Chartwell - Markham, in Markham, is being allocated 213 new spaces and 43 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 256-bed home through the construction of a new building in Markham.
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.
“The number of people in Markham-Stouffville who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
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.
- 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 provincewide, 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.