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David LeaOakville BeaverTuesday, November 3, 2020

https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/10238330–these-two-new-homes-will-be-essential-province-says-oakville-is-getting-512-new-long-term-care-beds/

The Ontario government plans to create 512 new long-term care beds in Oakville.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Nov. 3, Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos announced the Province will be selling surplus lands to the west of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital to build two long-term care homes, which will offer a total of 512 beds.

The property is located at 2165 Dundas St., W., and consists of 15.8 acres of land of which 9 acres is developable.

There is no shortage of need for these long-term care homes.

As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.

“Too many seniors in our community who need long-term care face long waitlists to get the care they need,” said Triantafilopoulos.

“Oakville North-Burlington has a fast-growing population, but we also have an aging population. Building 512 new beds in Oakville will mean easier access to care for seniors, in their own community close to their families. These new homes will provide a warm and caring environment for seniors with high-quality care.”

Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford also weighed in on the coming long-term care beds.

“Our government is committed to expanding the number of long-term care beds for seniors in Oakville,” he said.

“These two new homes will be essential in reducing the growing long-term care waitlist confronting our community. Seniors can rest assured that 512 new beds in Oakville will provide them with the care they need.”

Triantafilopoulos noted developing these two new long-term care homes in Oakville helps deliver on the government’s commitment to create 30,000 new beds in 10 years.

She said using surplus government lands helps to address the barriers many long-term care operators face in finding available land, particularly in the GTA and fast-growing areas such as the Region of Halton.

The Oakville-North Burlington MPP noted the government will be selling the surplus provincial land with a requirement that long-term care homes be built on a portion of the property.

CBRE is the broker of record managing the sale.

Triantafilopoulos’ office said it is anticipated that the preferred purchaser for the land will be selected by spring 2021 and the timing of when the homes would be finished will be part of the closing conditions.

The Province announced on Nov. 2 that it will be increasing the average daily direct care for residents of long-term care to four hours a day (up from the current average 2.75 hours).

They have also recently announced an investment of $1.75 billion to create urgently needed new long-term care capacity and upgrade aging homes.