Three Nipissing Region long-term care (LTC) homes will be splitting over $21.5 million in provincial funding.
The money comes from an overall $761 million the provincial government is pledging for LTC homes in Ontario.
Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing says the funding should help address the needs of the region’s ageing population.
“The work underway here will make sure that our loved ones will have a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need, when they need it,” Fedeli said in a statement.
Cassellholme Home for the Aged will get the biggest piece of the pie, receiving over $10.6 million for renovations that will upgrade 240 spaces at its facility, while also adding 24 new ones. Cassellholme was approved to submit a tender in October, marking the first steps toward the renovation of the facility.
In addition to Cassellholme, Waters Edge Care Community in North Bay is receiving $7.6 million to help build 12 new spaces and upgrade 148 existing ones. Algonquin Nursing Home in Mattawa will also receive over $3.2 million to upgrade 72 spaces.
The Ontario government has promised to add 30,000 LTC beds over the next decade through its modernized funding model.
According to the PC Party, the 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.”