Daiene Vernile, MPP letterhead

Province Redeveloping Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre 

Ontario Renovating More Than 300 Long-Term Care Homes to Improve Comfort and Care 

NEWS September 9, 2016 

Ontario is investing in long-term care homes to improve the quality of care and comfort of residents. 

Today, local MPP Daiene Vernile visited Mount Forest’s Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre, where 87 resident spaces will be redeveloped. This is one of more than 300 long-term care homes that Ontario is helping redevelop over the next nine years. 

Through these enhancements, residents will benefit from:
  • An environment that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and as home-like as possible with renewed interior design.
  • Additional space for specialized programs like rehab and physiotherapy.
  • More spacious rooms with a maximum of two residents per bedroom.
  • Better wheelchair access in bedrooms, bathrooms, showers and doorways.
  • More air-conditioned areas.
  • Accessible dining areas that provide a home-like atmosphere.
  • More private work spaces for staff. 

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON

Investing in long-term care homes is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come. 


“Long-term care homes like Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre are not just facilities – they are peoples’ homes. It is vital that they remain up-to-date to provide residents with secure, safe and comfortable surroundings. The redevelopment of long-term care homes will also help create jobs in the Mount Forest area.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care 

"This important investment will help ensure safe and secure housing for Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre residents by improving accessibility, and creating additional space for specialized programs."
— Daiene Vernile MPP, Kitchener Centre 

“Through this redevelopment we are committed to working alongside the Ministry of Health, all of our community partners, management team, our caring staff and volunteers in continuing to provide quality health care in a much improved accessible home like setting for our current and future clients.”
— Peter Schlegel, President, Sharon Village Care Homes 

"The redevelopment of homes like Saugeen Valley are crucially important and integral to the present and future needs of our aging population. The Association remains committed to working with the government to improve upon the capital renewal program so that more homes can be modernized as soon as possible."
— Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Long Term Care Association 

“This will make a significant difference in the quality of life of Mount Forest residents requiring long- term care. Not only will they benefit from high-quality care, but now they will feel more at home in an updated, more accessible centre.”
—Bruce Lauckner, Chief Executive Officer, Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network 


  • Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre is also eligible to receive a construction funding subsidy. 
  • Long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive help with daily activities and access to 24-hour nursing and personal care. They provide more nursing and personal care than a retirement home or supportive housing.
  • There are about 78,000 residents in Ontario’s 630 long-term care homes.
  • Since 2003, 10,000 new spaces in long-term care homes have been created and just over 13,500 older long-term care spaces have been renovated.
  • The number of nurse practitioners in Ontario’s long-term care homes will be increased from 18 to 93 over the next three years.
  • As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $10 million in addition to the existing $44 million annual investment in Behavioural Supports Ontario for seniors with cognitive impairments who exhibit challenging and complex behaviours. 



How to find and apply to a long-term care home
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care

Media Contact: Shae Greenfield, Office of the Minister of Health and Long-term Care, 416-325-5230