Ontario Provides Additional Funding For Sudbury Hospice
Provincial Investment Ensures Completion Of Palliative Care Hospice
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is investing in the completion of an important palliative care hospice for the Sudbury-Manitoulin area, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government was proud a year ago to support Maison La Paix's vision for a new and more comfortable residence from which to deliver palliative care services to residents of Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci. "We are equally proud today to step up and provide the necessary funding to see this project realized so that those in need can receive the best possible physical, emotional, psychological and practical support at a time of great need in their life."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide additional funding of $325,000 to complete the new Maison de soins palliatifs de Sudbury Hospice project. Last year, the province invested $1 million in the construction of the planned 11,000-square foot care facility located adjacent to Laurentian University. The new hospice will feature a full service kitchen, 10 bedrooms with individual washrooms, a dining room, an office, storage space and a laundry room. It will be fully accessible and will house the necessary equipment and technology to provide round-the-clock palliative care.
"Hospice care is grounded in caring for the whole person with a focus on wellness and living every day to the fullest," said Léo Therrien, Sudbury Hospice Executive Director. "The focus of hospice palliative care is to enable people to remain in their homes for as long as possible. However, when the time comes that home care is no longer feasible, the Sudbury Hospice will offer them a home-like alternative with round the clock nursing and personal care".
Other McGuinty government initiatives that are benefiting northerners include:
- Providing $1.5 million to the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology to support construction of a 40,000-square foot innovation and commercialization park and $1 million for the establishment of a Sustainable Energy Centre at Cambrian College
- Investing a total of $8.73 million to expand the SNOLAB research facility, located two kilometres underground at CVRD Inco's Creighton Mine near Sudbury
- Providing $1.4 million to Dynamic Earth to build a 4,400-square foot addition that will house temporary or travelling exhibits and an exhibit and multimedia experience about surface mining processes.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.