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Province to fast-track new Long Term Care Home in Toronto, adding 320 beds

Premier Doug Ford announces a new Long Term Care home at the Humber River Hospital's Finch site. CityNews

The province of Ontario says it is fast-tracking the building of a new Long Term Care home at the Humber River Hospital’s Finch site in Toronto, providing up to 320 new beds.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday that the province, in tandem with Humber River Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario, hopes to have the new site completed by the end of next year.

The project is part of the province’s Accelerated Build Pilot Program.

“After years of underinvestment in long-term care, we are getting shovels in the ground faster and delivering on our commitment to build 30,000 long-term care beds over the next decade,” said Premier Ford.

“We’re working with innovative partners like Humber River Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario to help get our seniors off waitlists and into modern rooms, so they receive the quality care they deserve sooner.”

Minister of Long-Term Care, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton said the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that there’s no time to waste in creating more quality facilities for Ontarians.

“Now, with our experience of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we realize our government’s vision to build a 21st century integrated long-term care system that provides our most vulnerable with safe, high-quality, resident-centred care and a dignified place to call home,” she said.

“Our government is working hand in hand with leaders in the long-term care sector to modernize long-term care as quickly as possible.”