The provincial government has announced $933 million to create more spaces in 80 new long-term care projects across the province.
The Ford government has made a commitment to add 30,000 new long-term care spaces over the course of the next ten years.
Part of this project includes 281 new spaces that will be created locally in Kitchener and Cambridge.
peopleCare Kitchener will add 80 new spaces to create a 192-bed home through the construction of a new building as part of a campus of care.
“peopleCare is thrilled to receive this award of 80 new long-term care beds in Kitchener and would like to sincerely thank Minister Fullerton and MPPs Mike Harris and Amy Fee for their continued support and ongoing investments to expand the care and services available for seniors in this community and across the province,” said Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO of peopleCare. “Today’s announcement will enable us to build a new 192-bed long-term care home on the beautiful grounds of our existing 80-bed home, and anchor our vision to create a vibrant campus of care in the heart of this community.”
Trinity Village Care Centre in Kitchener will add 60 new spaces, and the construction of a new building that will add 210 additional beds.
Cambridge Country Manor will add 33 more spaces which will also see renovations and additions to have space for 192 more beds.
Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge will also see improvements with 108 new spaces and a 192-bed home added to its campus care. Services at this facility will offer services to Francophone and Mennonite residents.
"It is a top priority of mine that announced local projects in the pipeline are quickly built and Waterloo Region will continue to receive additional capacity for our most vulnerable residents (...) with this announcement, we are taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our must vulnerable people where and when they need it," said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.
There are currently 40,000 people on a wait list across the province who are waiting to receive care in long-term care facilities.
The province has also committed to providing an average of four hours of direct care per day for those living in long-term care homes.
Berry Vrbanovic is the Mayor of Kitchener and he said the last year, in particular, has created a need for critical investments for long-term care in our community.
"Seeing another 140 beds coming forward which will result in ultimately 400 beds between Trinity Village and peopleCare at A.R. Goudie is truly exciting for older adult populations," said Vrbanovic, "the last year has shown how important it is for all of us to work collaboratively together with those in the LTC business to ensure that those needs are being met."