MPP Thompson announces improvements to Long-Term Care home in Bluewater

Published on April 15, 2021
[HURON-BRUCE] — The Ontario government is investing $318,249 in one-time combined...

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NEWS                                                               April 15, 2021

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced that the Ontario government is investing $318,249 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to the Blue Water Rest Home to improve safety and make upgrades.

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.

Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do," Thompson said. "When it is safe to do so, I look forward to making a visit to the Blue Water Rest Home to recognize this important investment with both staff and residents."

The investment will help:
  • Mitigate the spread and exposure to bacteria and viruses and to help maximize infection prevention and control. 
  • Improve air quality in the existing building (retrofitted home area) by replacing the heating ventilation and air conditioning system.
  • Improve the safety of the existing building (retrofitted home area) by installing a fire sprinkler in a non -sprinklered zone.
  • Improve the security of the existing building by installing security cameras.

“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.

  • 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 is investing $2.68 billion for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over ten years. The province now has 20,257 new and 15,918 redevelopment spaces in the development pipeline.
  • 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.


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