Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction is about to begin on a 224-bed long-term care home in Ajax, about 40 minutes east of Toronto.
Chartwell Retirement Residences said Oct. 26 it had secured the necessary approvals for facility that will replace a smaller building.
Once complete, the new structure will replace an existing 100-bed long term care home. Residents will continue to receive care and services in place during the construction.
“Chartwell is proud to partner with Chandos Construction, a reputable builder with long-standing experience in the sector,” said Teresa Fritsch, Chartwell’s senior vice president, real estate and investments.
“This project is expected to create approximately 200 construction and trade jobs and 300 permanent jobs in the community.”
Completion of the $65.2 million development is expected in the spring of 2023. The building is designed to the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s current standards and will include 134 private rooms with the remaining rooms providing semi-private accommodation.
Chartwell’s CEO says the project was over five years in the making.
“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to them for their hard work, expertise and tenacity, and express my congratulations on achieving this important milestone,” said Vlad Volodarski.
“I also extend my thanks to the Ontario Government for its crucial support, including the recently announced Ontario Long Term Care Home Capital Development Funding Policy 2020, and its assistance with obtaining the necessary approvals in a timely manner, allowing us to be in a position to begin this important redevelopment in the coming weeks.”
The new facility will be more than double the size of the current home.