Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario

Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario

By MPP Toby Barrett

Help is on the way for long-term care, a sector that saw only 611 new beds built between 2011 and 2018. Many long-term care homes were constructed before 1970, and outdated rooms are in dire need of redevelopment.

Previously, when I served with Premier Harris, we initiated construction of 20,000 long-term care beds. This included locally the new Edgewater Gardens, Grandview, Parkview Meadows, and Norview.

Premier Ford is committed to constructing 30,000 beds over 10 years. We are putting shovels in the ground to initially create 8,000 new long-term care beds, and redevelopment of 12,000 existing ones.

Governments of all stripes have talked about solutions and tried for two decades to build long-term care but have failed. They have rebranded the same financial model time and again without producing any significant results. Yet, no one thought to ask, “Why isn’t this working?”

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