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Ontario Invests $155.5 Million to Accelerate Long-Term Care Home Construction

In response to the pressing need for enhanced long-term care facilities, the Ontario government has announced a substantial investment of $155.5 million to expedite the construction of new or revitalized long-term care homes across the province. This move, unveiled as part of the 2024 Ontario Budget, forms a crucial component of the government’s ambitious $6.4 billion initiative aimed at creating 58,000 new and upgraded long-term care beds.

“From escalating construction costs to high borrowing rates, our government understands the financial difficulties many long-term care operators and would-be builders are facing right now,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Extending the construction funding subsidy top-up will help get more shovels in the ground on much-needed projects all across the province.”

Originally introduced in 2022, the construction funding subsidy has already proved instrumental in propelling 67 projects to fruition, marking the ministry’s most extensive construction endeavor within a single year. Building upon this success, the province is extending the subsidy for an additional year.

Under the extended subsidy program, eligible projects approved for construction by November 30, 2024, will receive supplementary funding of up to $35 per bed per day for a period of 25 years. Furthermore, not-for-profit applicants meeting the criteria can convert a portion of the supplemental funding into a construction grant, providing crucial upfront equity to streamline financing.

Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, emphasized the government’s commitment to honoring the contributions of seniors and fortifying the province’s long-term care infrastructure. “Now is the time for us to seize our once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the critical infrastructure that makes Ontario the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” remarked Bethlenfalvy.

The government’s comprehensive plan to revamp long-term care rests on four pillars: staffing and care, quality and enforcement, modernizing facilities, and facilitating access to essential services for seniors.


The announcement of increased funding for long-term care home construction in Ontario is a significant step forward in addressing the critical need for improved senior care infrastructure. With an aging population and growing demand for long-term care services, this investment signals the government’s recognition of the urgency to act.

By providing financial support and streamlining the construction process, the government aims to ensure that seniors receive the quality of care and living conditions they deserve. However, sustained commitment and ongoing oversight will be crucial to ensure that these investments translate into tangible improvements in the long-term care sector.

As Ontario continues its efforts to enhance the well-being of seniors, it is imperative that stakeholders, including government officials, operators, and community members, collaborate closely to implement effective solutions and uphold the dignity and welfare of older adults across the province.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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