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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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MPP Bill Walker and Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton toured local Long-Term Care homes together in 2019

For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020

Ontario Adding 62 New Long-Term Care Spaces in Markdale

Modernization will Improve Access to Quality Care for Seniors

OWEN SOUND - The Ontario government is moving forward with a new long-term care home project in Markdale to help reduce local waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for our seniors. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Details were shared today by Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.

Grey Gables has been approved for the development of 62 new spaces. Together with the upgrade of 66 spaces by the municipality, this project will result in a 128-bed home in Markdale. This project will involve the construction of a new building and will be part of a campus of care.

“This is great news for our cherished senior citizens who call Grey Gables their home. As a result of our government’s investment in seniors, they will enjoy a warm, safe and modern environment with the best quality of care that they deserve,” said MPP Walker. “I’m grateful to Minister Fullerton and Premier Doug Ford who personally toured over a year ago and promised to make our seniors a priority. As a result, we have been taking historic steps to add capacity in health care and to upgrade long-term care homes across Bruce and Grey as we work towards our commitment to modernize this sector.”

Grey County Warden and Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen welcomed today’s news.

“Today’s announcement is great news for the people of Grey County. In addition to the new long-term care beds at Grey Gables, we’re also building a new hospital and adding health care capacity across Grey Highlands. I’m proud to join with local residents in thanking our local MPP, Bill Walker, for his continued efforts in ensuring our people get the best health care they deserve,” said Mayor McQueen.

“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do,” said Minister Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term 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.”

Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.


  • The 29 new projects consist of 2,983 long-term care spaces, including 1,968 new and 1,015 upgraded spaces.
  • Ontario is investing $1.75 billion to create 30,000 beds over ten years. Today’s announcement brings the total number of new and upgraded long-term care spaces in the pipeline to 22,368.
  • As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
  • Ontario is committing to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.
  • Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.


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