Markdale to receive 62 new long-term care spaces

Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker (photo submitted)

Markdale will be getting 62 new long-term care spaces through a new provincial government project.

In a release on November 20th, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker detailed that the project is part of the Ontario 2020 fall budget and falls under the Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a “comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.”

Grey Gables has been approved as the site for the 62 new spaces. That combined with a 66 space upgrade coming via the municipality and the project will give Markdale a 128 bed home. The project will see a totally new building built and will be part of the campus of care at Grey Gables.

The provincial government is moving forward with 29 different long-term care projects with the goal of providing 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces.

“This is great news for our cherished senior citizens who call Grey Gables their home. As a result of our government’s investment in seniors, they will enjoy a warm, safe and modern environment with the best quality of care that they deserve,” says MPP Walker. “I’m grateful to Minister Fullerton and Premier Doug Ford who personally toured over a year ago and promised to make our seniors a priority. As a result, we have been taking historic steps to add capacity in health care and to upgrade long-term care homes across Bruce and Grey as we work towards our commitment to modernize this sector.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for the people of Grey County. In addition to the new long-term care beds at Grey Gables, we’re also building a new hospital and adding health care capacity across Grey Highlands. I’m proud to join with local residents in thanking our local MPP, Bill Walker, for his continued efforts in ensuring our people get the best health care they deserve,” says Grey Highlands Mayor and Grey County Warden Paul McQueen.

“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do,” says Minister Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.”