Ontario announces funding for 200 long-term care beds in Hamilton

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The Ford government is allocating more beds for two Hamilton long-term care homes.

The city will receive funding for a combined 200 beds — 140 new ones and 60 upgraded — as part of a $933-million investment in 80 projects across Ontario, the province announced Thursday.

“The number of people in Hamilton who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly said in a release. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”

At Shalom Village Nursing Home in Westdale, the province will renovate 60 beds and add 76. Servicing the Jewish community, the Shalom project is one of 18 announced across Ontario targeting cultural groups.

St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke on the west Mountain will receive 64 new beds through a building addition. The new spaces will result in a total of 285 beds at the facility.

According to the province, the projects are intended to eliminate three and four-bed wards to improve infection control, add spaces to “high need” areas, support the needs of cultural groups and provide specialized care.

The new beds are part of the province’s commitment to 30,000 new beds in Ontario over 10 years. According to Skelly’s office, there are now 20,161 new and 15,918 upgraded beds in the pipeline.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator