The Ontario government has announced that they are moving forward with a new long-term care home project at Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre in Burlington in an effort to help reduce waitlists and improve the quality of life and care for seniors.
This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Details were provided today (Nov. 23) by Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre has been approved for the development of 195 new spaces and the upgrade of 93 existing spaces.
Additionally, this project will involve the construction of a new 288-bed home in Burlington and will be part of a campus of care.
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“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do,” said Minister Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.
“With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st-century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.”
“This is great news! We are incredibly ecstatic and elated. We have been advocating for the redevelopment of Maple Villa for a very long time. I’d like to thank those who have also advocated on our behalf,” said Barb Goetz, Administrator of Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre.
“This project will be a “win-win” for us and for the Burlington community. We will continue to deliver the quality care and services that the community can expect and our seniors deserve.”
From 2003 to 2018, Ontario developed just over 600 new long term care beds across the province,” said Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington and Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
“This created a backlog that our government has been working to correct since taking office. Today’s announcement is another step towards our government’s commitment to add 30,000 long-term care beds over ten years. For Maple Villa it will allow them to offer the high quality, compassionate care they are known for to more Burlington seniors.”
“Too many seniors in our community are on waiting lists for long-term care. Our government’s announcement of 195 new beds and 93 upgraded beds for Maple Villa Long Term Care Centre is good news for Burlington seniors,” said Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care.
“More beds at Maple Villa means our seniors will have faster access to compassionate, high-quality care.”
Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.