Three Hamilton long-term-care homes receive millions for upgrades

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Three Hamilton long-term-care homes are receiving millions in COVID-19 funding to upgrade their facilities.

The federal and provincial governments announced nearly $100 million on Friday to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and update fire sprinklers in 95 care homes in Ontario.

St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas, Idlewyld Manor and St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke are receiving nearly $7 million in funding combined.

Idlewyld Manor is slated to receive about $2.8 million for a new HVAC system, chiller and boilers. The funding will also help the home with upgrades to improve air quality and heating and cooling throughout the facility.

St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke has been allotted almost $2.6 million for a new HVAC system and other upgrades. The project will allow the home to improve air quality, heating and cooling and infection prevention and control.

More than $1.3 million is headed to St. Joseph’s Villa to install fire sprinklers in the home’s east and west wings and replace the facility’s chiller plant.

All three facilities have previously had COVID-19 outbreaks.

“The pandemic tragedy in Canada’s long-term-care sector highlighted significant gaps that must be met with action by all governments and those working on behalf of seniors,” said Deb Schulte, Canada’s Minister of Seniors, in a statement.

In a release, Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, said the projects will contribute to “comfortable and safe living spaces.”

“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Skelly said.

Other homes receiving funding include Grandview Lodge in Haldimand County, allotted $3.2 million, and Mount Nemo Christian Nursing Home in Burlington, receiving just shy of $650,000.

The funding comes from Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience Stream, which supports infrastructure projects responding to the pandemic. The federal government is covering 80 per cent of the project costs, with Ontario funding the remaining 20 per cent.

Maria Iqbal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator