Ontario plans to spend $933M on increasing, improving long-term care spaces

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TORONTO — Ontario plans to spend $933 million to create more beds in long-term care and upgrade facilities in the sector.

The government says the funding will create 7,510 new beds in long-term care and upgrade 4,197 existing spaces.

It says the initiative, which includes 80 projects, will reduce waitlists for beds.

The funding is part of a government commitment to add 30,00 new long-term care beds over a decade.

The government says some of the new spaces will be specifically for francophone and Indigenous residents.

Ontario long-term care homes have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 3,752 resident deaths and 11 staff deaths reported as of Thursday.

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