MPP Announces Improvements to Long-Term Care Homes in Hamilton

Published on April 16, 2021

News Release

Hamilton — MPP Donna Skelly announced that the Ontario government is investing $6,688,894 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to long-term care homes in the City of Hamilton. It’s part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.

“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community, providing them with the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook “Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.”

The local projects are:

  • Idlewyld Manor, in the City of Hamilton, will receive up to $2,767,700 to:
    • Install a new HVAC system, new chiller and boilers, and an upgraded BAS system to improve air quality and improve the heating and cooling throughout all areas of the long term care home. These upgrades are essential to improving air filtration and help maximize infection prevention and control.
  • Peter’s Residence at Chedoke, in the City of Hamilton, will receive up to $2,585,450 to:
    • Install a new HVAC system to improve air quality and improve the heating and cooling, and to help maximize infection prevention and control throughout all areas of the long term care home. Also, update the building automated system (BAS) to optimize interface capabilities with the new HVAC system.
  • Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, in the City of Hamilton, will receive up to:
    • $740,000 to replace the chiller plant to ensure adequate cooling throughout the facility and improves resident/staff comfort during summer. In addition, provide control capabilities for cooling the space, eliminate risk of equipment failure.
  • $248,000 to install fire sprinklers in a key area of the LTC home. The 5th floor has 35 occupied LTC rooms that need to be updated and properly sprinklered (required by 2025) to ensure resident and staff safety. Upgrading them would increase our capacity for patient care and isolation. The measure will improve resident/staff safety, mitigate risk & increase comfort of care.
    • $347,744 to install a fire sprinklers system in the West wing of the building. The whole building needs to be updated and properly sprinklered to ensure resident and staff safety. Installation of the sprinkler system ahead of the 2025 deadline will ensure the home continues to operate a full capacity. The measure will improve resident/staff safety, mitigate risk & increase comfort of care.

“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”

This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.

QUICK FACTS

  • This is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan
  • In the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the province set aside a total of $246 million to improve living conditions in long-term care homes, including ensuring residents have air conditioning.
  • Ontario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes and is the first province in Canada to take this important step.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)

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