HALIBURTON — The Ontario government is adding 68 new and 60 upgraded long-term care beds to a new building for Extendicare Haliburton in Haliburton. This is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When this long-term care home in Haliburton is completed, 128 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”
The upgraded and expanded Extendicare Haliburton will have a total of 128 long-term care beds in a brand new building. The home has proposed to offer specialized health care services to ensure residents have access to the care they need. Construction is expected to start in Fall 2023.
There are now 164 new and 60 upgraded long-term care beds in development, under construction or completed in Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes including the following projects:
- 68 new and 60 upgraded beds allocated to Extendicare Haliburton, announced today and
- 96 new beds at an Extendicare home in Lindsay.
The government has a plan to fix long-term care and to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.
“Our government is taking action to address the growing need for long-term care beds in Haliburton County. Today’s announcement will impact not only those who are waiting for a bed, it will also help reduce pressure on our local hospitals and Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program by creating a safe and appropriate care setting our senior community members deserve.”
Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
“I'm very pleased to see the announcement for new and refurbished beds for long term care in Haliburton County. The need for improvements in LTC has become critical over the last few years and sadly Covid-19 has made that challenge very difficult for our health care professionals. Our thanks to the province for making long term care a priority for Haliburton and beyond.”
Liz Danielsen, Warden, Haliburton County
- As of today, Ontario now has over 22,000 new and over 17,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline - which means more than 74 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
- Ontario plans to invest an additional $3.7 billion, beginning in 2024-25, on top of the historic $2.68 billion already invested, to support this new series of allocations for the development of 10,000 net new and more than 12,000 upgraded beds across the province. These historic investments would bring the total to $6.4 billion since spring 2019.
- Ontario is providing $868 million in 2021-2022 to cover the extraordinary costs of COVID-19 prevention and containment in long-term care homes. This additional funding will help ensure long-term care homes have the resources they need to protect the health and safety of residents, staff and caregivers and to help homes maintain sufficient staffing levels to support residents.