$55 million is being invested in new and redeveloped long-term care beds in North Bay.
Premier Doug Ford joined with officials from Sienna Living, who announced details on the new Waters Edge Care Community project.
Twelve new beds are being created with 148 beds redeveloped in the new facility on the former St Joseph’s Hospital site on Bloem Street.
Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care, says the project is expected to open in the spring of 2023.
He says it’s a part of the province’s $2.68 billion plan to add 30,000 new long-term care spaces in a decade.
“We’re making good progress, over 20,000 new and 15,000 upgraded spaces are under development, more than 60 percent of our goal. The twelve new and 148 new upgraded beds here at Water’s Edge Care Community are part of that plan,” he says.
With a four-year, $4.9 billion investment province-wide into hiring more long-term care staff, Ford says they’re fixing ‘decades of neglect’ from governments of all stripes with announcements like this.
“Now we’re pouring more money into long-term care through infrastructure along with hiring 27,000 new Personal Support Workers (PSWs). So folks, if you’re out there and you’re interested in a great career and a very giving career, please join up with one of the programs and be a PSW,” he says.
Those new hires are key in the province promising four hours of daily direct care for long-term care residents.
Phillips was also asked about the concerns member municipalities have with the Cassellholme redevelopment and having to guarantee the province’s portion of the $122-million project with the financing.
“Mayor (Al) McDonald mentioned and we’ll probably chat in the next little while about the Cassellholme situation,” he says.
On top of the province’s share being $65 million, Phillips says Cassellholme has also received about a 33 percent increase in funding this year on an operating basis.
“The province is fully behind both the ongoing operations and the redevelopment. That model that we’ve used is the same model that’s used for the other 100 municipal homes, it makes sure that the province’s money is there, that $65 million is there, and obviously involves partners as well with the municipalities,” Phillips adds.
While in North Bay, Phillips is also visiting Canadore College to meet with students who are training to become Personal Support Workers.