FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022
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.