AJAX, ONT. — The Ontario government has announced that a new long-term-care home will be built at Lakeridge Health’s Ajax Pickering Hospital site as part of the province’s Accelerated Build Pilot program.
Working with Lakeridge Health and Infrastructure Ontario, the province intends to build up to 320 new long-term-care beds by 2021 at the site, stated a July 28 release.
The pilot program was launched last week in Mississauga where 640 new beds will be built by 2021.
Lakeridge Health will work with Infrastructure Ontario to manage the day-to-day construction oversight, monitor commissioning and provide status reporting on progress. Acceleration will be achieved through such measures as modular construction and rapid procurement.
“Government after government failed to make the necessary investments in our long-term care homes and that ends now,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement. “With our new modernized funding model and this innovative pilot program, we will get shovels in the ground faster on these critical projects and ensure more seniors get the quality care they deserve. I won’t rest until every senior in Ontario has a safe and comfortable place to call home.”