Blue Mountains Affordable Housing and New Beds for Long-Term Care in Ontario

Afroza Hossain

Ontario is supporting this development through a new tool that helps municipalities fast-track their own planning process, the Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator.

The Town of The Blue Mountains has asked the Ontario government to simplify the approval process for the construction of 160 senior housing units and long-term care facilities in Grey County.

At 125 Peel Street South, the Community Campus of Care will be constructed on approximately 20 acres of surplus land owned by the town. Additionally, the campus will offer a variety of retirement home housing options, including daycare facilities, attainable housing units (such as townhouses and apartments), and specific commercial uses.

Ontario is supporting this improvement through another device that assists regions with fasting track their own arranging cycle, the Local area Framework and Lodging Gas pedal. It aids municipalities in expediting housing and community infrastructure approvals, such as hospitals and community centers, while also increasing accountability and transparency. This is the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s first Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator order.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark stated, “I’m pleased to see our municipal partners using the Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator to better meet the needs of its seniors and build much-needed housing and long-term care beds faster.” The kind of partnership that our government needs to support is precisely this one. We continue to encourage municipalities to think about utilizing this new tool to assist in addressing community needs and expediting the start of prioritized projects.

Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care, stated, “I want to thank the Town of Blue Mountains for taking this action to help build these much-needed 160 long-term care beds.” The Community Infrastructure and Housing Accelerator is an important tool that enables our municipal partners to get shovels in the ground sooner, assisting us in achieving our objective of building more beds for long-term care across the province.

Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey, stated, “The Town of the Blue Mountains has worked collaboratively with the Province and Minister Clark to accelerate the planning approvals for the construction of the much-needed Campus of Care Project.” A 160-bed long-term care facility, retirement housing, and attainable housing units are all parts of this project. This is an exciting announcement, and I would like to express my gratitude to Mayor Matrosovs as well as the staff and council members of the Town of the Blue Mountains, both current and former, for their vision and diligence in making this announcement a reality.

Andrea Matrosovs, Mayor of the Town of the Blue Mountains, stated, “I would like to extend my appreciation to Minister Clark and ministry staff for evaluating and granting the Town’s CIHA application, and to our MPP, Mr. Brian Saunderson, for his ongoing support.” The approval will help speed up the Campus of Care project, which will add 160 beds for long-term care to our community. This is a focal part to the production of a miniature local area on a multi-generational grounds. The Town has the opportunity to expand long-term care access and support services for our local residents through this initiative. It is essential for our residents to have options for staying in our community so that they can remain near their social support network.

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