Ontario Breaks Ground on New Long-Term Care Home in Simcoe County

Patrick D Costa

Construction is underway at the new Stayner Care Centre, a long-term care home in Simcoe County. This is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

“Congratulations to Stayner Care Centre on their ground-breaking for a new home. Our government is fixing long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Two new long-term care development projects have been completed in Simcoe County since spring 2021. Today marks a significant milestone for Stayner Care Centre and will bring 79 new beds to the county. When building is completed, 128 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”

The redeveloped home is expected to welcome its first residents in summer 2025 and will provide 79 new and 49 upgraded beds, for a total of 128 safe, modern, long-term care beds in Stayner. This brand new building will have specific design improvements, including private and basic rooms, no ward rooms, larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home.

Stayner Care Centre Inc. has proposed to offer specialized health care and be part of a campus of care, which helps integrate the long-term care home into the broader health care system and ensures residents have access to the care they need. This upgraded home will help Ontario address the growing demand for long-term care, which has increased wait times for beds and contributed to hallway health care.

Once built, the home intends to offer culturally appropriate services to Francophone and Indigenous communities. The developer also intends to provide housing options for older adults, such as seniors apartments. This approach helps ensure residents have the freedom to choose the lifestyle and home supports which are most suitable for their current and future needs.

In addition to projects like Stayner Care Centre in Stayner, Ontario is supporting another 12 projects in Simcoe County, including the development of long-term care homes in Collingwood, Beeton, Elmvale, Penetanguishene, Innsifil, Barrie and Orillia. Together, these 13 projects will provide 1,061 new and 655 upgraded long-term care beds, for a total of 1,716 beds built to modern design standards.

The government is fixing long-term care to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.

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