TORONTO — The Ontario government is celebrating the ground-breaking of Generations, a new 122-bed long-term care home in Toronto. This new home is one more step forward in 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.
“I am pleased to celebrate the ground-breaking of this unique multigenerational campus, made possible in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Ismaili Council for Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Our government is undertaking the most ambitious long-term care building program in Canadian history and this project is just one more way we are delivering the quality care, and access to affordable housing, that seniors across Ontario deserve.”
The brand new Generations home will be licensed to Multi-Generational Housing and Community Centre Toronto, a not-for-profit organization, and is expected to welcome its first residents in early 2026. The home will provide 122 safe, modern long-term care beds in Toronto and will have specific design improvements such as semi-private and private rooms, no ward rooms, larger resident common areas and air conditioning throughout the home.
We know that strong family and community bonds are key to seniors’ well-being. That’s why I was proud to attend the ground-breaking of the Generations #LTC home today.
This will be a place where seniors can live their lives with dignity, meaning, and joy. pic.twitter.com/WHhogaLuZp
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 27, 2022
Generations will offer culturally appropriate services to the Ismaili community to ensure residents have access to the care they need. The home has also proposed to provide specialized health care, behavioural support and palliative care services, 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.
“Our government has a plan to fix 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. “Today’s event is a significant milestone for Generations in Toronto. When the building is completed, 122 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”
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. This work is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.
- Ontario is making good on its commitment to build 30,000 much-needed net new long-term care beds in the province by 2028. There are 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
- Building new long-term care homes and redeveloping existing older homes to modern standards is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan.
- 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.
- Ontario plans to invest an additional $3.7 billion, beginning in 2024-25, on top of the historic $2.68 billion already invested, to support a new series of allocations for the development of 10,000 net new and more than 12,000 upgraded beds across the province. These historic investments would bring the total to $6.4 billion since spring 2019.
- As of June 2022, more than 39,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 120 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.
“What makes Generations distinctive is its focus on a community-centric model of care. We are fortunate to be able to engage a wide range of volunteers in serving the campus residents, reducing isolation and loneliness across generations and backgrounds.”
– Karim Thomas
Vice-President, Ismaili Council for Canada
SOURCE Province of Ontario