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Province funding new building, 38 new beds, 122 upgraded spaces for Pioneer Manor

Government spending nearly $1 billion to upgrade long-term care facilities in Ontario
Pioneer Manor. (File)

Under an Ontario plan to upgrade and modernize long-term care facilities, Pioneer Manor in Sudbury has been allocated 38 new beds and 122 upgraded spaces to create a 444-bed home, which also includes the construction of a new building.

In a news release today, the province said this project, part of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan, was about creating “a campus of care” in Greater Sudbury.

Today (March 18), the Ontario government announced it was spending $933 million on 80 new long-term care projects, creating thousands of additional new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province.

Ontario said the announcement brings the Ford government “a step closer to fulfilling its commitment to add 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over 10 years.”

Premier Doug Ford called the $933 million plan “historic.”

"These historic investments will provide our seniors with the safe and modern living spaces they deserve, after decades of neglect and under-investment by previous governments," Ford said.

In total, the 80 projects under the plan will add 7,510 new spaces and upgrade 4,197 spaces, the province said in a news release. 

Under the plan, new spaces are being added for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents, too.

Ontario has already earmarked $1.75 billion to meet its promise of 30,000 new spaces over 10 years. Including the spaces announced today, Ontario has 20,161 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces under development.

Part of the modernization efforts will be upgrading older homes to improve infection prevention and control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms.

As of December 2020, Ontario said more than 40,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.