MILTON — Two long-term care homes in Milton will be receiving a total of 416 new long-term care spaces as part of the Ontario government’s historic investment in 80 new long-term care projects. These spaces are part of the government’s delivery of 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.

The projects are:
• Excelligent Care has been allocated 192 new spaces to build a brand-new home in Milton as a part of a campus of care. The home will offer services to the Muslim community.
• Mill Pond Manor has been allocated 224 new spaces to create a net new home in Milton as part of a campus of care.

“This is a tremendous announcement for our community,” said Parm Gill, MPP for Milton. “The number of people in Milton who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade and these 416 new long-term care spaces will help ensure there are safe, modern spaces available for them,” added MPP Gill. “This is another example of the strong actions being taken to care for those in need.”

In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will help reduce waitlists and end hallway medicine. Province-wide, these investments also support key government priorities, including eliminating three and four bed ward rooms, creating campuses of care and providing new spaces for Indigenous, Francophone and other cultural community residents.

“Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable, modern place to live, near family and friends, with the support they need when they need it,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “These new and upgraded spaces, built to modern design standards, will help prevent and contain the transmission of infectious diseases and ensure residents have access to the care they need in a safe and secure environment.”

Criteria for selecting the projects being announced today included:

• Upgrading older homes in response to lessons learned around improved Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures, particularly the elimination of three and four-bed rooms;
• Adding spaces to areas where there is high need;
• Addressing the growing needs of diverse groups, including Francophone and Indigenous communities; and/or,
• Promoting campuses of care to better address the specialized care needs of residents.