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New long-term care home under construction

Construction is underway on a Mon Sheong long-term care home in Markham that will accommodate 320 residents.

The new not-for-profit home will be licensed to and operated by the Mon Sheong Foundation, which offers ‘culturally appropriate services’ to the Chinese community and is expected to be welcome its first residents in fall 2026.

“Mon Sheong Markham represents a pivotal step in our government’s unwavering commitment to building over 30,000 net new long-term care beds by 2028,” says Markham-Unionville MPP Billy Pang. “As part of a comprehensive campus of care, this new long-term care home will seamlessly integrate into the broader health care system to ensure that local residents have easy access to the vital care they deserve.”

The 11-storey building will provide 320 new beds in private and basic rooms. The design is centred around 10 ‘resident home areas’ with dining and activity areas, lounges and bedrooms, creating an intimate and familiar living space for up to 32 residents. Large resident common areas and air conditioning will be located throughout the home.

The Mon Sheong Foundation operates centres in Stouffville, Richmond Hill, Scarborough and downtown Toronto. Each provides services for seniors, physically or mentally disabled individuals, and those with dementia.

Mon Sheong Markham is one of 67 long-term care home projects fast-tracked this fall with support from the Ontario government’s increased provincial construction funding subsidy. It’s part of the government’s promise to build more than 30,000 new long-term care beds in Ontario by 2028 and upgrade more than 28,000 older beds to modern design standards.

The government says it’s modernizing its funding model, selling unused lands with the requirement that long-term care homes be built on portions of the properties, and leveraging hospital-owned land to build urgently needed homes in large urban areas to achieve that promise. As of April 2023, more than 40,000 people were on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed in Ontario. The median wait time is 123 days for applicants to be placed in long-term care.

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