Ontario Continuing to Strengthen the Public Health Care System with More Support for Ontario Seniors

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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

MARKHAM — Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville, at Yee Hong Ho Lai Oi Wan Centre in Markham to announce 16 additional long-term care projects that will add 1,157 new beds in facilities across Ontario. 

The Government of Ontario is delivering on its commitment to strengthen the province’s public health care system by centering it on the needs of patients, including Ontario’s seniors. 

Our government is building a 21st century health care system that allows seniors to remain at home as long as they can. For Ontario’s seniors who need long-term care, our government is committed to ensuring their quality of life remains high and space is available for them when and where they need it.

“Our government is building a sustainable, connected and modern health care system, which is putting patients at the centre and ensures the needs of patients, families and caregivers are driving all our decisions,” said Elliott. “These new projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health care system. Ontario’s seniors need access to long-term care, they need to be able to have access to a bed when and where they need it, and their families need to be kept informed every step of the way. This is putting patients first. With these additional spaces, our government is working to ease pressures on hospitals, and enable nurses, doctors and other care providers to provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.”

This is part of the government’s commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds in five years, bringing the total number of allocated beds to 7,232. 

“We are proud that in just nine months, our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Elliott. “As we move forward to modernize our public health care system, the people of Ontario, including seniors, have and always will be our government’s priority. We will create a health care system that works for them and is finally centred on the needs of patients, families and caregivers.”