Long Term Care in Rainy River District

Published on April 16, 2021

MPP Rickford Announces $3.4 Million in Improvements to Long-Term Care Homes in Kenora–Rainy River

Homes in Fort Frances and Rainy River will receive funding for HVAC, fire safety, and electrical upgrades

FORT FRANCES — Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River announced that the Ontario government is investing $3,425,880 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to long-term care homes in Fort Frances and the Town of Rainy River.

“This investment will ensure our community long-term care facilities have the upgrades they need to protect our seniors against COVID-19 and beyond with better air quality and ventilation,” said Rickford. “We are making sure our loved ones have the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve. During COVID-19 we continue to put the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.”

This funding is part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.

The local projects receiving this support are:

·       Rainycrest, in the Town of Fort Frances, will receive up to $1,948,315 to:

o   Install Class D Sprinkler System in our existing LTC home that currently has no sprinkler system.

o   Safeguard building, contents and building service equipment

o   Provide a safe environment for staff, patients, clients and residents. Eliminate risk.

o   Install an appropriate sprinkler system within the Home for optimal fire safety.

·       Install a new energy efficient HVAC A/C system to provide reliable heating, cooling, air filtration and ventilation throughout the LTC home in order to provide the most appropriate care and working conditions.

·       Rainy River Health Centre, in the Town of Rainy River, will receive up to $1,477,565 to:

o   Remove and replace the existing thin-walled dry pipe system within the attic. Current system piping is corroding and leaking which is jeopardizing system & building operation, staff, resident and patient well being and safety, as well as damaging building contents and capital. Project includes upgrades: civil work, insulation removal, new sprinkler piping supply/install, new blown-in insulation and engineering design.

o   Upgrade the HVAC A/C system to provide reliable heating, cooling, filtration and ventilation throughout the facility.

“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”

This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.