Barrie long-term care facility among those receiving provincial expansion dollars

IOOF- Odd Fellow & Rebekah House to receive 64 new beds

Queen’s Park announced funding to create some 3,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario and one facility in Barrie is among them.

Long-term Care Minister Merilee Fullerton announced Friday the province is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects as outlined in the recently released provincial budget. Among those projects is the creation of 64 new spaces at IOOF Seniors Home – Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home on Brooks Street in Barrie. The facility will also see 66 existing spaces upgraded, along with a host of renovations to the existing long-term care home. This will mean 226 spaces at the facility.

Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin announced the new beds at IOOF on Brooks Street Friday afternoon

Also reaping the benefits of this announcement is Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville; it has been allocated 64 new spaces as well, with plans to upgrade 76 existing spaces. Construction on a new building will take place under this announcement, giving Fairvern Nursing home a whole campus of care.

“With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it,” said Minister Fullerton on Friday.

As of June 2020, there were over 38,500 people on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.