Mon Sheong Markham senior care campus breaks ground

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Markham is gaining a new Senior Care Campus in the near future.

Mon Sheong Foundation held the groundbreaking ceremony for its first-ever Senior Care Campus in Markham on Nov. 15.

This campus, located at 36 Apple Creek Blvd., is going to feature a long-term care centre, a senior living Mon Sheong Court, and a personal support worker (PSW) training facility. The project is expected to be completed by 2025.

The future campus will feature approximately 280 life lease units for people 55 and older to live independently, and a 160-bed long-term care centre will provide more quality resident-centred care to those who are in need.

As with all Mon Sheong Court models, this building will include many conveniences tailored to seniors’ needs.

Another highlight of this project is that Mon Sheong has decided to include a PSW training centre at this location. This training centre will provide classroom teaching, and an opportunity to complete practical hours at the long-term care centre, creating a convenient and comprehensive learning environment.

Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho praised Mon Sheong’s commitment to seniors in Ontario, while Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and councillors in attendance threw their support behind the project, which is bringing more long-term care and senior housing to Markham.

Tim Kwan, chair of Mon Sheong Foundation, said, “In March 2021, the provincial government allotted additional 768 new long-term care bed licences to us. These beds will be divided among three different locations across the GTA.”

Frank Chau, special adviser to the foundation’s board, gave thanks to the provincial and municipal governments for their assistance in making this campus a reality.

Currently all four Mon Sheong long-term care centres have a combined wait-list of more than 7,000, which shows that Ontario’s aging population is growing rapidly.

“Once all the necessary permits have been obtained, we will be ready to begin construction of the buildings,” said Mon Sheong Foundation CEO Stephanie Wong. She added that because the location occupies a prime location in Markham, each of the new long-term care beds cost $340,000. This number includes costs of land, construction, infrastructure, amenities and more. The project’s total cost will be approximately $55 million.

Mon Sheong Foundation was grateful to receive additional funding of $2.7 million from the provincial government in the coming five months. The funding helped their four long-term care centres increase nursing hours to their residents. But at the same time, Wong hopes that the facility can continue to count on the support of the community.

For more information on Mon Sheong Foundation or to donate, visit www.monsheong.org, or call 1-866-708-0002.

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun

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