Ottawa will receive funding for 380 new long-term care beds under an “historic” plan that will see the province spend $933 million to create more and better long-term care facilities across Ontario.
Ottawa will also receive the required funding to upgrade 322 existing long-term care beds at the Champlain Long Term Care Residence in Orléans, Extendicare in Nepean, and the Township of Osgoode Care Centre in Metcalfe.
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New beds will be added by building a new Champlain Long Term Care Residence, an addition to the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Care Centre and renovating the Township of Osgoode Care Centre.
Thursday’s announcement was made as part of a larger, $933-million plan by the Ontario government to improve the province’s long-term system, the shortcomings of which have been badly exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money will finance 80 projects across the province and help create 7,510 new beds in long-term care and upgrade 4,197 existing spaces.
Premier Doug Ford called the initiative “historic” and said the projects would provide seniors with “safe and modern living spaces” while reducing long-term care wait lists and easing pressure on hospitals, which now look after many seniors who belong in long-term care, but cannot secure beds there.
The Ford government has committed to adding 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade.
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