320 new and updated long-term care spaces coming to Barrie and Elmvale as part of provincial push for more beds

Queen's Park committing $933 million to 80 projects across Ontario

Three long-term care homes in the Barrie-area will benefit from $933 million in new money out of Queen’s Park.

The provincial government announced on Thursday it will be committing hundreds of millions of dollars towards supporting 80 new long-term care projects across Ontario, leading to thousands of additional and upgraded long-term care spaces.

Among those are three locations in Simco County, with promises of 198 new and 122 upgraded long-term care spaces among them. Grove Park Home in Barrie is set to see two new spaces and 62 upgrades through renovation and addition, for a total of 145 beds. Victoria Village Manor in Barrie will see 128 new spaces through this funding, while Sara Vista in Elmvale will see the creation of 68 spaces and 60 upgrades.

“I know that our community has advocated for this,” said Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MPP Doug Downey. “I have had many conversations with residents about long waitlists at our local LTC homes. This will help to bring down those waitlists. It is very rewarding to have had a part in making this happen.”