64 Long Term Care Spaces in Kenora, Ontario

Published on November 20, 2020

Modernization will Improve Access to Quality Care for Seniors

NEWS                                                                                                                        November 20, 2020


KENORA — Today Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River alongside Chief Lorraine Cobiness of the Kenora Chiefs Advisory announced that the Government of Ontario is moving forward with a new long-term care home in Kenora to help reduce local waitlists and improve the quality of care and quality of life for our seniors. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Wiigwas Elder & Senior Care (WESC), a new non-profit organization created by Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), has been allocated 64 spaces. This allocation will enable the construction of a new 160-bed home that includes the redevelopment of 96 spaces from Birchwood Terrace, pending licence transfer approval. The home will be located in Wauzhushk Onigum Nation and will offer culturally-appropriate care.  

“This is exciting news as we expand and improve Kenora’s long-term care offerings to better support our senior citizens,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Our government is proud to deliver 64 new beds and pave the way forward for a new and modern 160-bed long-term care home that will deliver the high-quality care that our seniors deserve.”   

“I always relay back to the fact these major milestones could not happen without the amazing partnerships we have within our organizations, communities and with government,” said Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Board President for Kenora Chiefs Advisory. “Today is a great day, and will pave a path forward for change and for exciting things to come, we are so grateful to have this opportunity to make sure everyone gets the appropriate and holistic care they need.”

Across the province, the Ontario government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces. Among the 29 new long-term care projects, 19 will include campuses of care where multiple services are provided for residents on the same site.

“Protecting our loved ones and ensuring they receive the care they deserve is at the centre of everything we do,” said Minister Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “With this announcement, our government is taking another step towards creating a 21st century long-term care sector that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.”


  • The 29 new projects consist of 2,983 long-term care spaces, including 1,968 new and 1,015 upgraded spaces.
  • Ontario is investing $1.75 billion to create 30,000 beds over ten years. Today’s announcement brings the total number of new and upgraded long-term care spaces in the pipeline to 22,368.
  • As of June 2020, more than 38,500 people are on the waitlist to access a long-term care bed.
  • Ontario is committing to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes. Ontario is the first province in Canada to take this important step.
  • Ontario's Action Plan sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.


Backgrounder: Ontario Providing New and Upgraded Long-Term Care Spaces