OAKVILLE: Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-term Care, Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North—Burlington, and Stephen Crawford, MPP for Oakville, have announced that the Ontario government is building two brand new and much needed long-term care homes in Oakville.
The new homes, which are expected to be open by 2025, will provide modern, safe, and comfortable places to live for 640 residents, and will offer culturally appropriate services to members of the Hindu and Sikh communities.
These new homes are under the initiative to sell unused government land on the condition that a portion of the site be used for long-term care.
The province has signed a conditional agreement of purchase and sale with Schlegel Villages Inc. for 2165 Dundas Street West in Oakville, adjacent to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
Minister Phillips said:. “Our government’s initiative to sell unused provincial lands will allow more seniors to stay in their community, close to family and friends, while getting the care they need.”
“In our fast-growing community, seniors have a pressing need for safe, high-quality longterm care and the waitlist is far too long because of past government’s neglect of our long-term care system,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos.
“These new beds our government is building are part of our plan to fix long-term care and help seniors remain close to their loved ones in our community. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, I am proud that our government is delivering on our commitment to the seniors of Oakville North—Burlington and across the province.”
“The Ontario government recognizes the local need in Oakville to build new long-term care homes,” said MPP Crawford.
“These two homes being developed are a positive step towards decreasing the growing longterm care waitlist and ensuring quality care for up to 640 people. In the process, more jobs will be created to support the residents.”
“Our community is thankful for the province’s commitment to long-term care in our town,” said Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville.
“For many years there has been a growing need for long-term care in Oakville to support our aging and diverse population. The longterm care beds in North Oakville will lower the wait time for patients that need a more permanent home and will also free up hospital beds for acute patients.”
• In More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan our government committed to sell unused government properties to build more homes and long-term care beds.
• Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 upgraded beds in the development pipeline – which means more than 60 percent of the 30,000 new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and completed stages of the development process.
• As of May 2021, more than 38,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 171 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.