Mon Sheong breaks ground on new Markham campus

Markham is gaining a Senior Care Campus in the near future.

Mon Sheong recently held its groundbreaking ceremony for its first-ever senior care campus in Markham.

The campus, located at 36 Apple Creek Boulevard will be a welcome addition to a community that desperately needs more long-term care options for its growing senior population. The new facility will  feature a long-term care centre, a senior living Mon Sheong Court, and a personal support workers (PSW) training facility.

To celebrate the occasion, politicians from both provincial and municipal levels took part in the event alongside Mon Sheong Foundation Board of Directors, design and construction team, and supporters. The Senior Care Campus is projected to be completed in 2025.

Mon Sheong Foundation CEO Stephanie Wong celebrates the Markham centre’s groundbreaking

The Markham Senior Care Campus, located at Woodbine and north of Highway 7, occupies a prime location in Markham. The future campus will feature approximately 280 life lease units for people 55 and older to live independently. As with all Mon Sheong Court models, this building will include many conveniences tailored to seniors’ needs.

The long-term care centre is another key component in the project. Currently, all four Mon Sheong long-term care centres have a combined waitlist of over 7,000. This number illustrates well the demand in the communities they serve but also demonstrates the confidence the community and the provincial government who, in part, fund such facilities, has in Mon Sheong.

The Markham Senior Care Campus will feature a 160-bed long-term care centre, providing more quality resident-centred care to those who are in need. In order to provide this service to even more people, Mon Sheong has decided to include a PSW training centre at this location. This training centre will not only provide classroom teaching but also an opportunity to compete practical hours at the long-term care centre, creating a very convenient and comprehensive learning environment. The construction of this campus will be following Passive House standards, an international set of energy efficiencies guidelines, tailored to specific industries.

The entire project, including land acquisition, construction and amenities, is expected to come in at about $55 million. Provincial Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, who was on hand at the official groundbreaking ceremony, noted the importance of the new Mon Sheong project and committed  an additional $2.7 million to Mon Sheong’s four long-term care facilities beyond building and administrative support that the government provides to long-term care facilities across the province ongoing.

Garth Low, President of Mon Sheong Foundation offers that the investment is “considerable physically and financially. We hope that the community will continue to support us and our “Because We Care” campaign so that Mon Sheong can continue creating more quality resident-centred care for those in need.”

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Photo: Local dignitaries and Mon Sheong leaders celebrate the recent Markham campus groundbreaking celebration.

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