Ontario provides additional protection for retirement home residents and staff

BAY OF QUINTE – Fourteen retirement homes in Bay of Quinte will split $477,309 in provincial funding for infection prevention and containment as part of a $30-million program, announced Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte today.

The investment will help the retirement home sector cover continuing COVID-19-related costs such as hiring, training and testing additional staff, and sanitizing residences and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of infection. This funding is in addition to the $30.9 million that the province provided retirement homes earlier in the pandemic.

“Seniors are relying on us to keep them safe in their homes during this pandemic.  With today’s announcement, retirement home operators can take additional precautions to ensure their safety without passing on the related costs,” said Smith. “That’s an added comfort for these residents and their families as we push to complete their vaccinations over the coming weeks.”

The specific allocations for Bay of Quinte are as follows: 

 

Arabella Retirement Living……………………………………………………………………………………………………… $49,396.04

Carriage House Retirement Residence……………………………………………………………………………………..$19,565.82

Chartwell Bayview Retirement Residence………………………………………………………………………………. $30,955.54

Eden Place Retirement Home…………………………………………………………………………………………………. $24,989.50

Fraser House Retirement Home……………………………………………………………………………………………… $18,209.90

Maple Manor Residence………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$27,972.52

MLP Residence…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………$31,769.09

Quinte Gardens Retirement Residence…………………………………………………………………………………… $79,226.27

Seasons Dufferin Centre…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..$49,396.04

The Bridge Street Retirement Residence………………………………………………………………………………….$32,040.28

The Carrington Retirement…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $25,531.86

The Crown Ridge Retirement Residence………………………………………………………….……………………… $32,582.64

The Maples of Picton……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $17,938.71

The Richmond Retirement Residence…………………………………………………………………………………….. $37,735.14

 

Ontario has more than 770 licensed retirement homes and many are run by small operators who urgently need the government’s support to deal with rising costs related to fighting COVID-19. Ontario’s retirement homes have been working cooperatively with public health officials across the province to ensure best practices are being followed to prevent and control COVID-19 and to help get residents and staff vaccinated.

“Retirement home operators are working tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s additional funding will enable retirement homes to purchase more critical supplies like PPE, products to carry out deep cleaning, or to support more on-site testing to help further prevent and contain outbreaks.”

Under the leadership of General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, Ontario’s three-phase vaccination plan is making steady progress. To date, over 56,000 residents and over 23,000 workers in retirement homes have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and of them over 35,000 residents and 15,000 staff have received both doses.

“Our priority since the start of the pandemic has been clear – protecting people’s health. That means ensuring retirement home operators and staff have the resources they need to keep people safe,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “Making sure our seniors are protected and cared for is part of our plan to do whatever is necessary to defeat COVID-19.”

Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. On March 24, the government will release the 2021 Ontario Budget. It will focus on protecting people’s health, with a plan to defeat COVID-19, and support for people and jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario has more than 770 retirement homes with capacity to house more than 66,000 residents.

 

  • Visit covid-19.ontario.ca to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.

 

  • By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65 – older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic.