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peopleCare to build 160-bed LTC Home in Stratford

January 13, 2022

STRATFORD, Ontario, Jan 13, 2022 – peopleCare Communities is excited to share that the Ministry of Long-Term Care has awarded us 100 new long-term care beds, along with the necessary approvals to redevelop 60 existing older long-term care beds. This enables us to build a new 160-bed long-term care home  in the beautiful city of Stratford, Ontario.

“peopleCare is thrilled to have the opportunity to renew our long-standing commitment to delivering quality care and creating exceptional experiences for seniors and their families in Stratford,” says Brent Gingerich, Chairman and CEO of peopleCare Communities. “On behalf of Bob and Myrna Schlegel, and peopleCare Communities, I want to thank Minister Phillips, MPP Randy Pettapiece and the government for continuing to build Ontario’s long-term care capacity in partnership with leading, mission-driven organizations like peopleCare.”

The announcement was made by the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care, alongside Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, who is a tireless champion for enhancing long-term care and other healthcare services and supports for his constituents.

“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When completed, this new long-term care home in Stratford will provide a safe, modern, comfortable place for residents to call home, near their family and friends.”

“Because this project is moving forward, many more people who need care will get it. That is why I have been actively supporting this proposal for well over four years at every opportunity. This announcement is fantastic news for seniors, their families, and the entire community,” said Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington. “I congratulate peopleCare on their successful application, and I thank them for persistently making the case to reinvest in our area.”

Bob and Myrna Schlegel cofounded the original peopleCare Stratford home in 1979 and, in partnership with peopleCare Communities, are pleased to be redeveloping in this community.

“We have always remained fully committed to bringing our 60 long-term care beds back to the community and we are pleased that the government has made this investment to enhance capacity,” says Myrna, who is also a Registered Nurse. “Moreover, we are delighted to have this opportunity to rebuild and once again provide seniors in Stratford with the utmost quality of care and services.”

Today’s announcement enables peopleCare to do its part to increase much-needed new long-term care capacity and deliver better care outcomes and enhanced experiences for local families, and peopleCare Communities President Megan Allen-Lamb says the organization would like to say a big warm thank you to MPP Pettapiece and community partners like the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team and the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance for their ongoing support.

“Being innovative through partnerships is a peopleCare strength and we are so thankful for our community partners who see the value in peopleCare’s vision for collaborating to wrap integrated care and services around seniors and their families,” says Allen-Lamb. “We look forward to working in partnership to get shovels in the ground on this exciting project as quickly as possible, so we can bring more care to local seniors in the heart of this community they love.”

About peopleCare Communities
peopleCare Communities is a Canadian, family owned and mission-driven 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 focus 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. One peopleCare Homes was recently named an ISMP Champion supporting the government’s Strengthening Medication Safety in LTC Initiative. Our vision is to Change the World of Senior Living. 

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

Read Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece’s news release.

Click these links to read details on peopleCare’s recent LTC bed awards in St. JacobsCambridge and Tillsonburg. Visit our Developments page for progress on all of our projects.

And check out our What’s New page for more of the latest peopleCare news.