Ontario Invests In Terrace Bay Long-Term Care Project
McGuinty Government Supporting Improved Health Care In Northern Ontario
THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is enhancing the quality of life for residents in the Terrace Bay area by investing in the construction of a long-term care home at McCausland Hospital, Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.
"The establishment of a long-term care home in the Terrace Bay and Schreiber area has been a priority of this region for a number of years," said Gravelle. "I am proud to have supported the community leaders who have worked tirelessly with the provincial government to see this project become a reality."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $1,650,000 to construct a 22 bed long-term care home to service the Schreiber, Rossport and Terrace Bay area. The new home will be attached to the hospital and will share resources such as food preparation and the acquisition of other goods and services. A local fund raising campaign has collected $1.5 million for the project, which is expected to create 20 new permanent jobs as well as short term construction jobs.
"Our funding will improve accommodations for the area's seniors and other residents closer to home and will create new jobs," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "In addition, the development of a fully integrated health care system in Terrace Bay will help attract medical professionals and sustain current health care services jobs in the community."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North. Other examples include:
• Providing $6.7 million in bursaries for the students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which has campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury
• Contributing $2.2 million for the establishment of a new cancer and cardiac research centre in Thunder Bay
• Investing $50,000 to implement several initiatives under the Schreiber/Terrace Bay Community Development Project.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.
Minister's Office - Sudbury
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury