Both Extendicare Peterborough in Peterborough and Marianhill Nursing Home in Pembroke are currently undergoing construction. This is one component of the $6.4 billion pledge made by the Ontario government to construct 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds and more than 30,000 new beds by 2028.
“Congratulations to Marianhill and Extendicare Peterborough for breaking ground on two redesigned long-term care facilities. Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care, stated, “Our government is fixing long-term care, and one key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors.” The beginning of construction today marks significant junctures. 416 residents will have a new home close to their loved ones when these two projects are finished.
In Pembroke, Marianhill’s redevelopment will be completed in three phases. The first phase is expected to begin accepting residents in the winter of 2025, and the final phase is expected to begin accepting residents in the summer of 2026. The residence in Pembroke will have 160 modern long-term care beds when it is finished, as well as enhanced services for dementia care, behavioral support, and palliative care for residents.
The Extendicare Peterborough development project includes a brand-new 256-bed residence that is anticipated to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2025.
Improvements to the design of both homes will include air conditioning in each resident room and larger resident common areas. In order to create more intimate and familiar living spaces for up to 32 residents, both designs are centered on “resident home areas.” These areas include dining and activity areas, lounges, and bedrooms.
Marianhill’s redevelopment is made possible by the Not-For-Profit Loan Guarantee Program provided by the ministry. The not-for-profit sector of long-term care has struggled for a long time to obtain capital development loans. The program ensures that Ontario’s seniors will have access to a variety of options for their long-term care requirements and assists in unlocking lending and lowering borrowing costs for eligible non-municipal, not-for-profit long-term care development projects.
Ontario is funding ten additional projects in Renfrew and Peterborough Counties, totaling 1,484 beds constructed in accordance with contemporary design standards, in addition to Marianhill and Extendicare Peterborough.
To ensure that seniors in Ontario receive the high-quality care and quality of life they need and deserve now and in the future, the government is reforming long-term care. Four pillars support the plan: care and personnel; quality and compliance; building homes that are modern, safe, and comfortable; and providing seniors with quicker and easier access to the services they require.