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peopleCare awarded 80 new LTC beds in Kitchener

March 18, 2021

KITCHENER, Ontario, Mar 18, 2021 – peopleCare Communities is pleased to share that the Ministry of Long-Term Care has awarded us 80 new long-term care (LTC) beds in the beautiful city of Kitchener, enabling us to build a brand-new 192-bed* LTC Home. As part of a long-planned campus, this will make it possible for more seniors to remain in this community they know and love, while receiving the quality care and services they need and deserve.

“peopleCare is thrilled to receive this award of 80 new long-term care beds in Kitchener and would like to sincerely thank Minister Fullerton and MPPs Mike Harris and Amy Fee for their continued support and ongoing investments to expand the care and services available for seniors in this community and across the province,” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO of peopleCare. “Today’s announcement will enable us to redevelop and expand our long-term care home on the beautiful grounds of our existing 80-bed home, and anchor our vision to create a vibrant campus of care in the heart of this community.”

Today’s announcement was made by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris.

“This historic expansion and modernization of long-term care by the provincial government will directly benefit Waterloo Region residents,” said MPP Mike Harris. “This announcement today will ensure that new and upgraded spaces in safe environments are soon available for those in our community that need them most.”

peopleCare’s goal is to wrap care, services and programs around those who need it most, in communities with the greatest demand. Kitchener is in the KW4 subregion of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, with a 65+ population 16.5% higher than provincial averages.

“The number of people in Waterloo Region who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade,” said Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee. “Today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”

peopleCare has a long history of innovation to improve senior living, and most recently AR Goudie LTC helped to pilot a rapid point-of-care antigen test (POCT) that gives COVID results in just 15 minutes. Our team also helped map the skyways in a trial of drone delivery of meds to LTC homes  – in collaboration with University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Air Matrix, Region of Waterloo, Hogan Pharmacy, and Transport Canada.

“With this award of additional beds, even more seniors will be able to age in this community they love, in a modern and beautiful home, surrounded by family, friends and neighbours,” says peopleCare President Megan Allen-Lamb. “We look forward to continued partnership with the Municipality, the Region and many others in the community to help local seniors to live and age well, and more independently, with their needs met by a range of housing options, services and community based health and social supports, all in one place.”

The new beds at AR Goudie are part of a larger Government of Ontario announcement that also included awards to peopleCare of 224 LTC beds to enable us to build a LTC Centre of Excellence at Trent University, and 68 additional LTC beds to redevelop Delhi LTC to a new 128-bed Home.

About peopleCare Communities
peopleCare Communities is a Canadian, family owned leading operator of senior living communities, with strong values and a 50-year history of service. We are committed to engagement and collaboration to create vibrant communities of care that deliver meaningful experiences, clinical best practices, engaging programs and integrated services that meet seniors’ changing needs. peopleCare’s innovation and leadership has earned Accreditation Canada Exemplary Status, Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum designation, and the single largest research grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, which funded our award-winning Clinical Pharmacy Model, a first-of-its-kind for long-term care in Canada. Our vision is to Change the World of Senior Living. 

For more information: Sheena Campbell, Vice President, Communications and Engagement,

*Since this announcement, plans have evolved and now include a four-story addition to the existing AR Goudie building. When construction is complete, the Home will include a total of 208 LTC beds.