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Ontario funds LTC beds for Niagara Francophones

Ontario funds LTC beds for Niagara Francophones

WELLAND, ONT. – The Ontario government has announced construction is underway at the new Foyer Richelieu Welland, a long-term-care home redevelopment project in the Niagara Region.

The home is one of 39 long-term-care projects in development across the province where services for Francophone residents will be provided, stated a release.

Construction of the Foyer Richelieu Welland is expected wrap up with new residents welcomed in summer 2025. The facility will provide 66 new and 62 upgraded beds in private, semi-private and basic rooms.

Design improvements will include larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home. The design is centred around “resident home areas” that aim to create more intimate living spaces for up to 32 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms.

The project is part of the Ontario government’s $6.4-billion program to build more than 30,000 new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term-care beds.

Paul Calandra, minister of long-term care, stated, “Today marks a significant milestone for Foyer Richelieu Welland. It’s also an important day for Ontario’s Francophone community as Foyer Richelieu will offer all 128 beds to Francophone residents so they can receive care in French that is tailored to their cultural and language needs.”

The redevelopment of Foyer Richelieu Welland is supported by the ministry’s Not-For-Profit Loan Guarantee Program.

The Ontario government is also providing up to $4.6 million to Hospice Niagara for a new 10-bed residential hospice adjacent to Foyer Richelieu Welland. Construction is expected to start in this spring and be completed in winter 2024/25.

Ontario is also spending on another 12 long-term-care projects in the Niagara Region, including the development of homes in St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland. Together, the 13 projects will provide 810 new and 1,541 upgraded long-term-care beds, for a total of 2,351 beds.

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