A new Extendicare will be built in Kapuskasing in the next three years. The Minister of Long Term Care Paul Calandra made the announcement Thursday afternoon in Toronto.
The 128 bed facility will feature 68 new beds with 32 specifically for Francophone seniors.
Extendicare President CEO Michel Guerriere says the new build will represent a $40 million dollar investment for the company. He adds that the tragic deaths at Extendicare in Kapuskasing during an outbreak in January of 2021 increased the urgency to have a new facility built in the community.
“The difficulty that small homes, older homes, crowded rooms makes it very difficult for infection control. And so that certainly added to our urgency in wanting to get this done.”
Guerriere wouldn’t say where the new facility would be built, noting that the residents have to remain at the current location until the new one is opened.