Simcoe County Council approves $177 million redevelopment of Simcoe Manor and Village

More long-term care beds, seniors housing units/homes part of the redevelopment

A major redevelopment of Simcoe Manor and Village in Beeton was approved by Simcoe County Council on Tuesday. The County anticipates that the redevelopment will result in a 160-bed long term care home, (additional 34 new beds), and more than 170 seniors housing units/homes (140+ new) for seniors with varying levels of care and support needs. Housing unit types include: Life Lease Suites, Market Rental Apartments, Retirement Living, Life Lease Garden Homes, Rental Town Homes, Affordable Housing for Seniors, Supportive Housing, and Co-housing rentals.

In light of COVID-19, the design of the facility will take into consideration safety and preventative measures related to infection control and any new provincial regulations/directives as a result of the pandemic.

“The County is extremely proud of our long-standing record in providing high-quality long term care and seniors services across our region – including during the current COVID-19 pandemic that has shone a light on the needs within this sector. We are looking forward to the Province further partnering and investing with us as a proven successful operator and supporting this important project. This campus will meet the needs of a growing and aging Simcoe County for generations to come and enable more residents to benefit from increased access to local homes and care that enables them to age in place and in comfort.” said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell.

Proposed concept: Drawing provided

In April of this year, the County purchased a 20.6-acre property adjacent to the existing Simcoe Manor and Village facility for the future redevelopment and expansion. The campus will cover nearly 439,000 square feet and offer a range of services that may include dental, pharmacy, health/medical services, salon, exercise area, restaurant/dining/cafe, retail and outdoor recreation options and programs for residents and older adults living independently in the community.

“As the proportion of seniors in our local municipalities continues to increase at a higher than average rate across Ontario, we are invested in finding long term, sustainable strategies that fit the needs of our residents. Adult lifestyle communities demonstrate an innovative option that allows tailored care that adapts to our residents as they age. Our redevelopment of Georgian Village in 2013 is a tremendous example of this successful concept, and we are eager to repeat our success at Simcoe Manor so more seniors can benefit and receive the care they need, when they need it the most.” said Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services.

The County anticipates receiving capital funding for the existing 126 long-term care beds plus 34 which would be around $21 million. Sinclair calls it a key milestone and discussions continue with the Ontario government.

There is also a significant fundraising campaign with this redevelopment. Sinclair said they have targeted $3.6 million. The program is off to a great start as a donation of over $800,000 was received from an individual who previously lived in the community.

The redevelopment should be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.

Simcoe Manor and Village is one of four long-term care and seniors’ services facilities owned and operated by the County of Simcoe, located in Beeton, Collingwood, Orillia and Penetanguishene.