The Villa Care Centre in Midland is receiving funding for an additional 13 long-term-care beds.

These beds will be in addition to the 19 new long-term-care beds the facility was promised back in March 2018.

On March 22, the Ontario PC government announced 16 additional long-term-care projects that will add 1,157 new beds in facilities across the province.

In total, the Villa Care Centre will receive 32 new long-term-care beds and 109 existing long-term-care beds will be redeveloped.

“These new projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health-care system,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “Ontario’s seniors need to be able to have access to a bed when and where they need it, and their families need to be kept informed every step of the way.”

In early October, Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health and long-term care, announced that Ontario was committing to add 6,000 new long-term-care beds across the province.

As part of this announcement the region was promised a total of 22 new beds, with 19 being added at the Villa Care Centre and three new beds coming to the Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene. This had also been previously announced by the previous Liberal government last March.

The latest announcement bumps the new commitment at the Villa Care Centre to 32.

They are part of the government’s commitment to adding 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years. To date the PCs have allocated 7,232 of those beds.

“We are proud that in just nine months, our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term-care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Elliott.

Jarlette Health Services is building a multi-phased seniors’ continuum-of-care campus on a 16.24-acre parcel of land on King Street. These 32 new beds will be a part of this development.
Phase 1 will consist of a two-storey long-term-care home with 141 total beds, corporate offices, a seniors’ hub and centre of excellence totalling a combined 10,169 square metres.

The project is expected to cost between $20 and $25 million.