PETERBOROUGH-Construction is now underway at Extendicare Peterborough in Peterborough and Marianhill Nursing Home in Pembroke.
“Congratulations to Marianhill and Extendicare Peterborough on their ground-breakings for two redeveloped long-term care homes. Our government is fixing long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s construction starts represent significant milestones. When these two projects are completed, 416 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends.”
The province says the redevelopment of Marianhill in Pembroke will be completed in three phases. The first phase is expected to start welcoming its first new residents in the winter 2025, and the final phase welcoming residents in the summer 2026. Once complete, the home will provide 160 modern long-term care beds in Pembroke and offer enhanced services for residents who need dementia care, behavioural support and palliative care.
A ground breaking ceremony was held in Peterborough today. The development project for Extendicare Peterborough includes a new 256-bed building that is expected to welcome its first residents in fall 2025 according to officials. The current location has 174 beds.
“There has been talk about upgrading the existing Extendicare facility for decades. Our government was the first government to get it done. We are building another state-of-the-art facility in our community.” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough—Kawartha
The government says both homes will feature design improvements, including larger resident common areas and air conditioning in all resident rooms. Both designs are centred around ‘resident home areas’ to create more intimate and familiar living spaces for up to 32 residents, with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms.
The ministry’s Not-For-Profit Loan Guarantee Program is enabling the redevelopment of Marianhill. Securing capital development loans has been a long-standing barrier faced by the not-for-profit long-term care sector. The program helps unlock lending and reduces borrowing costs for eligible non-municipal, not-for-profit long-term care development projects – and ensures that Ontario’s seniors will have access to a range of choices for their long-term care needs.
In addition to projects like Marianhill and Extendicare Peterborough, Ontario is supporting another 10 projects in Renfrew and Peterborough Counties, for a total of 1,484 beds built to modern design standards.
The government is fixing long-term care to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve, both now and in the future. The plan is built on four pillars: staffing and care; quality and enforcement; building modern, safe and comfortable homes; and connecting seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need.