Province continuing to fund IMPACT program, embedding mental health workers in policing

QUINTE WEST – The Government of Ontario is providing $1,680,000 in base funding to extend and expand the Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings Prince Edward (AMHS-HPE) IMPACT (Integrated Mobile Police and Co-Response Team) program following a successful pilot, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

The program, which started as a partnership with the Belleville Police Service and Quinte West OPP, partners addictions and mental health staff with community police to provide immediate support to individuals and families involved in police-related calls. It also works closely with Quinte Health Care to ensure individuals are supported, in both the community and when they need to present at an emergency department for addictions and/or mental health concerns. The trained teams assist police in de-escalation, connecting individuals to wraparound services, and limiting repeat police interactions.

We have seen the IMPACT and it is becoming an essential piece of our community response efforts. I have heard from police officers who wouldn’t be without now,” said Smith. “I’m pleased that our government has been able to commit to renewing the funding for this important program.” 

Jennifer Keilty-Friesen, Executive Director for AMHS-HPE, was pleased to receive the news.

“This program and partnership is already producing positive results for our communities and this base funding ensures that this will continue long term. We would like to thank Ontario Health East and MPP Todd Smith for their ongoing support for this initiative,” said Keilty-Friesen.

Quinte West OPP detachment commander Insp. Christina Reive indicated that police have seen great benefit from participating in the partnership.

“The IMPACT program’s success cannot be overstated. The ability for police to attend with trained mental health and addictions workers, when attending calls from those in crisis, allows an immediate, appropriate response. As a team, we are able to assist those in need, the ultimate goal for all of those in public service,” said Reive.

Belleville Police Service chief Mike Callaghan described the teams as a "game changer."

"We've already seen through the pilot, it is making a difference in our ability to respond to some of the most vulnerable members of our community," he said. "This is a quantum leap forward having this asset and the funding to have it. As police officers, we go in and deal with the issue and we're on to our next call. These individuals need with mental health and addictions need that continued support. We need to ensure they have an ongoing support mechanism, that they have those referrals to social agencies through Quinte Health Care, the Province and our local support services."

With the base funding confirmed, Derek McGeachy, the Associate Director of Access & Transitions for AMHS-HPE, confirmed that his organization intends to also expand the successful model into Prince Edward County and Centre and North Hastings in partnership with OPP detachments in those communities.

Ontario allocates 160 beds for new long-term care home development in Belleville



BELLEVILLE – The Ontario government has allocated 160 long-term care beds for a new development called Neighbourhood Better Living near the corner of Sidney Street and Bell Boulevard, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

The build is part of 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.

“By increasing the number of long-term care beds in our communities, we are ensuring more seniors can receive dignified care close to home and easing pressures on our hospital system,” said Smith. “I’m pleased that our government has approved these beds for Neighbourhood Living, paving the way for the much-anticipated development of this property and the economic benefit it will provides in our region.”

Neighbourhood Better Living is a partnership between SigNature Communities Inc., Clearway Construction Inc., and UniversalCare Canada Inc.  Its partners are looking forward to building in Belleville.

“Neighbourhood Better Living is thrilled to be part of the community,” said Sebastian Mizzi, Vice President of SigNature Communities Inc. “We want to thank Todd Smith for all of his efforts and guidance in making this project a reality.”

Anthony DiBattista, President of Clearway Construction Inc. and Principal, Neighbourhood Better Living, said “On behalf of our group of companies, we are committed to building a top-notch facility that the community can be proud of. We look forward to putting our 50 years of experience to use in building a state-of-the-art long-term care home in Belleville.”

Joseph Gulizia, President and CEO of Universal Care Canada Inc. said his organization is pleased to bring its experience in providing care to the project.

“UniversalCare is excited to be providing exceptional care and services to the residents of Belleville and the surrounding area. As the first Long Term Care Best Practice Spotlight Organization Host, our company has a long-standing commitment to the highest standards of care in the senior care sector. We look forward to becoming an important partner in the community,” said Gulizia.

Including the Neighbourhood Better Living build and a 128-bed redevelopment with  announced last week at Hallowell House near Picton, there are now 693 new and 395 upgraded long-term care beds in development, under construction, or completed in the area, including the following projects:

  • 76 new and 84 upgraded beds at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home
  • 72 new and 88 upgraded beds at Westgate Lodge
  • 62 new and 66 upgraded beds at Village Green
  • 128 new beds at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital
  • 128 new beds at Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • 36 new and 60 upraded beds at Friendly Manor Nursing Home

“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. “When the construction at this home is complete, it will be a place for 128 local seniors to call home, near their family and friends.”

The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.


  • Ontario has over 22,000 new and 18,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 76 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
  • 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 this 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.
  • In response to the evolving Omicron situation, the Province has put additional measures in place to protect residents, staff and caregivers, including making fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available to residents who received their third dose at least three months ago, and making third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for staff, students, volunteers, caregivers and support workers.



Province supports Quinte West manufacturer to produce critical medical supplies

 Ontario Together Fund investment support job creation, advancement




QUINTE WEST – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the Ontario government is investing $1,030,000 from the Ontario Together Fund (OTF) in support of GlobalMed Inc.’s investment of over $2.2 million in facility modernization and expanded production in Quinte West.

The project will create 15 new jobs while offering opportunities for skills development and advancement for current employees at GlobalMed Inc.

“Through the pandemic, we have seen increasing demand for products related to ventilation, particularly for at-risk patients with respiratory illness,” said Smith. “GlobalMed is rising to meet that market demand, here and around the world. Its innovation keeps Ontario residents healthy and it provides good, stable jobs in our Quinte economy. I’m pleased our government is investing in its growth.”

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, indicated the OTF is focused on supporting homegrown manufacturing and innovation to combat COVID-19, and providing other goods critical to the health, safety, and security of Ontarians beyond the pandemic.

“The Ontario Together Fund is helping Ontario businesses to fully develop their ideas to innovate in our diverse life sciences sector,” said Fedeli. “Our government is proud to partner with GlobalMed Inc. as they help make Ontario the home for next-generation medical technologies.”

GlobalMed Inc., established in 1999 with 50 employees, manufactures corrugated and collapsible medical respiratory tubing. The company’s single use, non-invasive plastic medical tubing and injection moulded medical fittings are used in a vaiety of medical applications using anaesthesia, respiratory, and other custom medical applications.  The company’ 76,000 sq. ft. facility in Quinte West and has seen a number of expansions of its footprint and capabilities over the years. This new investment will see four new production lines added to the Quinte West manufacturing facility, increasing capacity by up to 50 per cent. New technology and automation will increase line efficiencies and reduce process waste.

Alan Flieler, Vice-President and General Manager at GlobalMed Inc. welcomed the support, noting it will allow for advanced ERP operating systems, automated processes and manufacturing technology for precision production of devices. It will also provide for enhancements in medical manufacturing clean space and the ability to expand overall capacity to accommodate new developed products.

“GlobalMed has been in the Quinte area for over 20 years. We are very excited and pleased to be receiving the support funding from the provincial government to assist us with our growth. These funds will allow us to accelerate the development and implementation of multiple improvements to the operation,” said Flieler.  “We are very well known in the market segments we service for being a leader in product development, and this will definitely accelerate our ability to achieve the continued growth and success for the operation.”

Local economic developers also applauded the announcement.

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission recognizes the importance of the manufacturing sector for the region and Ontario. This new investment by GlobalMed, with strategic support from the Province of Ontario, will strengthen the economy, create quality new jobs, and add new capabilities to supply in-demand medical products,” said Chris King, QEDC’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We express our thanks to Minister Smith and the Province of Ontario for the investment in this project and we appreciate GlobalMed’s confidence in our region by expanding their operations in our community.”

This investment in GlobalMed Inc. aligns with the province’s recently announced Life Sciences Strategy, a plan to make Ontario a global hub for biomanufacturing and life sciences and improve our preparedness for future challenges. It will create high-paying jobs, strengthen our healthcare system – and make it clear that Ontario is a world-leading partner in developing the medicines, vaccines and health technologies of the future.

Supporting innovative projects like GlobalMed Inc.’s is why Ontario has invested an additional $50 million in the renewed OTF in 2021–2022. The fund continues to support local innovators and businesses to further enhance Ontario’s domestic supply chain capacity, promote Ontario’s medical technology ecosystem and build up our manufacturing sector to ensure the province is well prepared for future challenges.


  • The government recently announced Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level, the province’s plan to grow Ontario’s life sciences sector and secure new investments in next-generation health technologies, medicines and vaccine manufacturing. The strategy sets out ambitious goals over the next decade, including growing Ontario’s biomanufacturing and life sciences sector to employ 85,000 Ontarians in high-value jobs by 2030, a 25 per cent increase from 2020.
  • Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy.