The Ontario government is committing to build 30,000 new long-term care beds in the province by 2028, government officials announced on April 21.
Ontario now has 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds in development, along with the allocation of 681 new and 599 upgraded beds in the Ottawa area.
“Having 30,000 new long-term care beds in development across the province was always an ambitious target,” said Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Paul Calandra. “But through record provincial investments, close collaboration with our health partners, and innovative new approaches, we have delivered. To put this number in perspective, only 611 net new beds were built between 2011 and 2018.”
All remaining allocations made through the government’s 2021 call for applications, over 2021-22, were also announced. Of the 365 projects announced to date (totaling up to 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds), 115 projects have proposed to be part of a “campus of care” model focused on healthy seniors’ living, integrating the long-term care home into the broader health care system. Additionally, with the redevelopment of older homes, the prior system of three to four bed ward rooms is being eliminated and all homes will now be up to modern design standards.
Recognizing the diversity of the ageing population, 30 projects have proposed to serve Indigenous communities and 39 have proposed to serve Ontario’s Francophone population.
Of the above, Minister Calandra announced 681 new beds and 599 upgraded beds across Ottawa, while visiting the Bruyère Village and the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. These beds will be allocated to the following projects:
- 121 new and 71 redeveloped beds at Bruyère Long-Term Care Home
- 256 redeveloped beds at Extendicare Ottawa in Nepean
- 48 new and 272 redeveloped beds at Extendicare Ottawa in the West-End
- 320 new beds at Schlegel Villages-Ottawa at the Civic Hospital Site
- 192 new beds at Southbridge Ottawa
There are now 1,546 new and 1,480 upgraded beds allocated across Ottawa, which are in the planning or construction development process, including the allocations announced today.