Water's Edge Care Community long-term care home will provide 12 new and 148 redeveloped, safe, modern long-term care spaces in North Bay
Ontario is redeveloping and expanding Water’s Edge Care Community, a long-term care home in North Bay as part of the province’s ongoing work to create a 21st-century long-term care sector.
“This government is repairing and rebuilding Ontario’s long-term care sector after decades of neglect,” said Rod Phillips, minister of long-term care. “That is why we are investing in projects like Water’s Edge Care Community and making good on our plan to build 30,000 new long-term care spaces in ten years.”
The long-term care home will provide 12 new and 148 redeveloped, safe, modern long-term care spaces in North Bay. This project will see a brand new facility built on another site in North Bay and is expected to open in spring 2023.
The project is part of the province’s $2.68 billion 10-year plan for the delivery of 30,000 safe, modern, comfortable spaces for our seniors to call home. That includes $933 million in investment for 80 new long-term care (LTC) projects that will add thousands of new and upgraded LTC spaces across the province.
“The new Water’s Edge Care Community facility is great news for seniors and their families in our community,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “It is just one example of how our government is investing in the infrastructure, people and services needed to ensure long-term care residents in Nipissing receive the care they need in a safe, modern place they can call home.”
Ontario is also investing $4.9 billion over four years supports its plan to hire more than 27,000 staff, including registered nurses, personal support workers and support staff.
As of February 2021, more than 40,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The average wait time is 147 days for residents currently living in community settings.
Three-quarters (73 per cent) of Canadians surveyed believe that the high number of deaths in LTC homes related to COVID-19 could have been reduced if governments had acted sooner, according to a report from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the National Institute on Ageing (NIA).