NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — Construction is underway at Radiant Care Pleasant Manor, a new long-term care home in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This home is one of 67 long-term care home projects fast-tracked this fall with support from the Ontario government’s increased construction funding subsidy. This is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to build more than 58,000 new and upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
“Congratulations to Radiant Care Pleasant Manor on their ground-breaking for an expanded, new home. Our government is fixing long-term care and ensuring we build homes for seniors in the communities they helped build,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today marks a significant milestone for Niagara Region. When construction is complete, 160 residents will have a modern and comfortable place to call home.”
Radiant Care Pleasant Manor is being built on the same site as the existing home and will provide 119 new and 41 upgraded beds. The modernized building will feature design improvements, including larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home. The design is centred around five ‘resident home areas’, each of which creates a more intimate and familiar living space for up to 32 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms.
The new home will continue to be part of a campus of care, which helps integrate the long-term care home into the broader health care system and ensures residents can conveniently connect to the care they need. The new 160-bed home is expected to be completed and welcoming its first residents in late 2025.
As a result of the government’s supplemental increase to the construction funding subsidy, which was designed to stimulate the start of construction for more long-term care homes across Ontario, 67 projects received ministry approval to construct between April 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023. This means 11,199 new and upgraded beds are now being built to modern design standards across the province.
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 four pillars: staffing and care; quality and enforcement; building modern, safe and comfortable homes; and connecting seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need.
- Radiant Care Pleasant Manor is a not-for-profit long-term care home that will be licensed to and operated by Pleasant Manor Retirement Village.
- As part of its plan to fix long-term care and address sector waitlists, the government is building more than 30,000 net new long-term care beds in Ontario by 2028 and upgrading more than 28,000 older beds to modern design standards.
- Building more modern, safe and comfortable homes for our seniors is part of the Government of Ontario’s Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021.
- The province is taking innovative steps to get long-term care homes built, including modernizing its funding model, selling unused lands with the requirement that long-term care homes be built on portions of the properties, and leveraging hospital-owned land to build urgently needed homes in large urban areas.
- As of September 2023, more than 43,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 118 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.
“This is a milestone event for the Niagara-on-the-Lake community and for our home. We thank the provincial government for their support for this project. We look forward with great anticipation to welcoming 119 new residents to our home in 2025 and providing 200 plus new jobs to the local economy.”
– Glen Unruh, President
Board of Directors, Pleasant Manor
“Having participated in the bed expansion announcement for Radiant Care in December 2020, I congratulate the leadership team, frontline staff and residents of Radiant Care Pleasant Manor on the ground-breaking today of their new 160-bed facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This new facility will accommodate 119 additional new residents by 2025 and provide more than 200 local jobs. Today’s milestone event is part of our government’s bold commitment to reduce waitlists and improve the quality of life for seniors across Niagara.”
– Sam Oosterhoff
MPP for Niagara West
SOURCE Province of Ontario