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Ministry and LTC leaders share key development insights

November 7, 2023

In the next four years, peopleCare has plans to build and open nine long-term care (LTC) Homes, including three projects in construction this year in Tavistock, Kitchener and Delhi, Ontario. To move our projects along an accelerated pathway, we’re working to make the most of available resources, pushing forward with planning on multiple projects at once, and leveraging designs that are efficient to operate and result in beautiful Homes in which to live and work.

L to R peopleCare CEO Brent Gingerich, ADM Brian Pollard, Elaine Shantz of Fairview Mennonite Homes, Jarlette CEO David Jarlette, Durham Christian Homes CEO Ruth McFarlane, and Wiesia Kubicki of the OLTCA were the LTC Capital Development Panel at the 2023 This is Long-Term Care conference in Toronto

Brian Pollard is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Long-Term Care Capital Development Division of the Ministry of Long-Term Care. He recently joined peopleCare CEO Brent Gingerich, and other LTC leaders on a panel in Toronto to share insights with operators looking to accelerate their LTC developments. He says peopleCare’s approach is showing results.

“Operators need to pay attention to the size of the home and that they are value engineering continuously instead of right at the end,” says Pollard. “peopleCare’s thoughtful reuse of building designs across developments also definitely gets projects across the finish line quicker.”

Pollard adds that peopleCare is well-known for our proactive engagement with municipal staff and the provincial government, something he considers not only essential to getting shovels in the ground, but also to raise awareness of the positive impacts of new LTC Homes, including increasing care capacity for seniors and creating new jobs.

Building innovative partnerships is a peopleCare strength. For instance, we’re working with immigration partners to hire abroad, starting with Internationally Educated Nurses and a focus on displaced healthcare workers in refugee circumstances.

With scarcity of affordable land on which to build our LTC Homes, we’re also engaging with community groups and municipalities who want to maximize surplus land for community benefit through integrated seniors developments and opportunities to locally train future healthcare workers.

Read more about Our Developments.

Read Opening a New LTC Home Takes Planning, Purpose and Partnerships (article first published in This is Long-Term Care Today magazine Spring/Summer 2023 issue.)

This Fall, peopleCare residents,  staff and families recently welcomed Ontario’s LTC Minister Stan Cho, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Ward 10 Councillor Aislinn Clancy and other special guests to celebrate the start of construction on the expansion of our AR Goudie LTC Home, which will create 128 more LTC spaces. Read Adding More LTC Beds in Kitchener to Better Serve the Community

Construction start celebration at AR Goudie LTC in Kitchener