(Goldie Ghamarie, MPP Carleton, announces $26.5M in additional funding for Stittsville Extendicare to upgrade the proposed 256 bed facility.)
Stittsville is closer to getting an additional 256 long-term care beds at the proposed Stittsville Extendicare to be located at 2150 Wellings Private.
Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, virtually announced that Stittsville Extendicare will be receiving an additional investment of $26,594.560 from the province for upgrading the 256 spaces. Ghamari was joined virtually by Stittsville Councillor Glen Gower; Tanya Hein, President of the Stittsville Village Association; Dr. Michael Guerriere, President and Chief Executive Officer of Extendicare; and, Minister of Long Term Care, Merrilee Fullerton.
“The number of people in Ottawa who will need long-term care is expected to increase significantly over the next decade,” said MPP Goldie Ghamari. “The work underway here in Stittsville will make sure that our loved ones will have a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need, when they need it.”
The province has introduced a modernized funding model for long term care projects to break down existing hurdles. The model allows for the acceleration of construction for urgently-needed facilities while ending hallway health care and increase the capacity for long-term quality care across the province.
“The Ontario government’s modernized funding model for long-term care development is good news for our new development in Stittsville, and for the many future projects needed to provide an enhanced level of care for seniors in the province,” said Dr. Michael Guerriere, President and Chief Executive Officer of Extendicare. “Extendicare will be investing $80 million to build this new home. The additional government funding will help make it possible to get this project moving. Our new long-term care home in Stittsville will feature state-of-the-art design standards to meet the current and future needs of seniors. This project is a part of Extendicare’s plan to replace all of our older long-term care homes in the province.”
“This is a welcome investment from the provincial government in health care in Stittsville and the City of Ottawa,” said Glen Gower, City of Ottawa Councillor for Stittsville. “This project will bring new construction jobs to our community and ongoing employment for many full time employees at the long term care facility. It also helps to complete a planned cluster of services and housing on Hazeldean Road for our aging popluation.”
“Stittsville Village Association recognizes the importance of ensuring there are enough long term care beds to serve communities across Ontario,” said Tanya Hein, President of the Stittsville Village Association. “We are encouraged by funding and initiatives like this that will allow Ontarians quicker access to these urgently needed spaces, including here in Stittsville.”
The modernized funding model is helping the government deliver on its commitment to create 30,000 beds over 10 years. The new model moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and instead, provides tailored incentives to address the needs of developers in different markets: rural, mid-size, urban, and large urban. It also introduces an up-front development grant to address high cost barriers to construction.
As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
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