MPP Announces Improvements to Long-Term Care Homes in Eglinton-Lawrence

Published on April 16, 2021

EGLINTON-LAWRENCE — MPP Robin Martin announced that the Ontario government is investing $10,065,643 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to long-term care homes in Eglinton-Lawrence. 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.

“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community, providing them with the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve,” said MPP Martin. “Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.”

The local projects are:

• Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged, in the City of Toronto, will receive up to $3,350,000 to:
Upgrade the HVAC system to include A/C, humidification functions, and increased air exchange rating which will improve air quality, maximize infection prevention and control, improved living conditions of the residents while enjoying uninterrupted and improved cooling and heating systems.

• The Jewish Home for the Aged, in the City of Toronto, will receive up to $6,715,643 to:
This project will upgrade aging A/C units to improve air quality, provide consistent and reliable supply of cooling, maximize patient care quality, comfort and improve operations of the resident care environment.
Replace/upgrade components of the existing nine air handling units. This will ensure adequate air quality, air filtration and air supply; reduce spread of viruses and bacteria, and consistent temperature to provide a better care environment.
Replace 32 facility exhaust fans which are essential for facility pressurization by ensuring air circulation occurs.
The project will also incorporate control set-points into the exhausted fans to monitor performance.
Replace four existing pressurization fans in the stairwells that are failing to address pressurization and airflow in these areas.
The project will upgrade the system, provide safe & comfortable air supply in the facility, and allow building operators to have control over the operating parameters of these assets.

“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.

QUICK FACTS

• 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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Emergency information and orders

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