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Ontario Supporting New Long-Term Care Home in Downtown Toronto

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Ontario Supporting New Long-Term Care Home in Downtown Toronto

New West Don Lands Facility to Provide High-Quality Living Spaces for Residents

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is helping to build a new long-term care home in downtown Toronto that will provide a comfortable and supportive space for residents, including a dedicated unit for people living with dementia.

The new home, which will be located in the West Don Lands, will replace Rekai's existing facility at 345 Sherbourne Street, Toronto and will provide residents with a modern, comfortable environment that supports a higher quality of life for residents. This includes rooms with more privacy and greater capacity to accommodate residents with increasingly complex needs. It will also include more space for programs like rehabilitation and physiotherapy, and more accessible living and dining areas.

Long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive help with most or all daily activities along with 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

Quick Facts

  • There are about 78,000 residents in 630 long-term care homes in Ontario.
  • Ontario has doubled its funding for long-term care from $2.10 billion in 2003 to more than $4.14 billion in 2017.
  • Since 2003, more than 10,000 new LTC beds have been developed and more than 13,500 older LTC beds have been redeveloped, through various redevelopment programs.
  • Ontario is working to make it easier to create community hubs, and make the best possible use of public properties that are no longer needed for their original purpose.
  • Community hubs are a service delivery model that brings together partners to offer a range of services that respond to demonstrated community needs and priorities.

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Dr. Eric Hoskins

“Our parents and grandparents deserve to live in comfort and safety with access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place. That’s why our government is committed to redeveloping long-term care beds across Ontario to improve the quality of life for residents. This new centre is exactly what we want to see in redeveloped homes: it will be modern, comfortable, and ready to accommodate people with increasingly complex health needs.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Bob Chiarelli

“The new Rekai Centre is an example of an integrated, multi-service community hub that will provide affordable housing and long-term care programs in a client-centred way, under one roof. We are working hard to build the province up by making critical infrastructure investments, such as repurposing surplus lands for community hubs, upgrading hospitals, expanding child care spaces, and updating our transit systems and roads. These are all key to helping people in their everyday lives and bringing economic prosperity to Ontario.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“The new Rekai Centre at Cherry Place, will provide over 200 long term care beds. Every day we see the need in the community for more long-term care beds with a focus on the need to support individuals living with dementia. Our new home with a dedicated floor for dementia, will begin to address this growing need in the Greater Toronto Area. It is my understanding that by 2030, over 70,000 people in the GTA will be living with dementia.”

Peter Rekai

Chair of the Rekai Centres Board

“The Rekai Centre, through its Options for Homes partnership and with government support, is providing exactly the kind of not-for-profit care, housing and services that Ontario’s seniors desperately need. By making new affordable housing available and putting in place appropriate supports, seniors will soon have more options to live independently and safely. As well, the new long term care home will ensure that those needing more intensive care will receive it in a modern, accessible building. Congratulations to The Rekai Centre on this significant accomplishment as they work to advance senior care.”

Cathy Gapp


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