The Ontario government is moving forward with a new long-term care home project in Markdale to help reduce local waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for our seniors. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Details were shared today by Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.
Grey Gables has been approved for the development of 62 new spaces. Together with the upgrade of 66 spaces by the municipality, this project will result in a 128-bed home in Markdale. This project will involve the construction of a new building and will be part of a campus of care.
“This is great news for our cherished senior citizens who call Grey Gables their home. As a result of our government’s investment in seniors, they will enjoy a warm, safe and modern environment with the best quality of care that they deserve,” said MPP Walker. “I’m grateful to Minister Fullerton and Premier Doug Ford who personally toured over a year ago and promised to make our seniors a priority. As a result, we have been taking historic steps to add capacity in health care and to upgrade long-term care homes across Bruce and Grey as we work towards our commitment to modernize this sector.”
Grey County Warden and Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen welcomed today’s news. “Today’s announcement is great news for the people of Grey County. In addition to the new long-term care beds at Grey Gables, we’re also building a new hospital and adding health care capacity across Grey Highlands. I’m proud to join with local residents in thanking our local MPP, Bill Walker, for his continued efforts in ensuring our people get the best health care they deserve,” he said.
Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.
As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.