Bruce-Gray-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker announced on Friday at Lee Manor a one-time combined federal and provincial funding of $ 650,000 for improvements.
The funding is part of a $ 100 million investment to install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and sprinkler retrofits or repairs in 95 nursing homes across the province.
Of the US $ 650,000, US $ 520,000 is provided by the federal government and US $ 130,000 comes from the province.
“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with the comfortable and safe housing they deserve,” said Walker. “Our government puts the safety and wellbeing of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.”
At the Owen Sound Nursing Home with 150 beds, the money will be used to upgrade the HVAC system with better air conditioning and ventilation to improve air quality while reducing and controlling outbreaks.
The upgrades will extend cooling to residents’ rooms and allow them to “socially distance themselves in the security of their own spaces,” according to a press release.
“I am very excited that this federal and state investment is planned to improve and enhance Lee Manor in Owen Sound. Seniors are at the heart of so many communities, they are our grandparents, parents, and most importantly, our loved ones, ”said Alex Ruff, Bruce-Gray-Owen Sound MP. “Our seniors have shown courage and strength throughout the pandemic, and I am glad that this funding will invest in and improve the lives of seniors in our community at Lee Manor. This investment is key to ensuring our seniors are safe, healthy, and comfortable where they live. “
The funding is part of a combined federal investment of up to $ 1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety projects in long-term care, education, and communities via Investing in’s COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).