Sioux Lookout residents push Ontario to deliver on 2018 promise to build dozens of long-term care beds – CBC News

Nov 16, 2023

76 long-term care beds were promised in 2018, province says project in ‘early planning stages’

In the spring of 2018, then Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she’d allocate 76 additional long-term care beds to the small northwestern Ontario town of Sioux Lookout.

Before Doug Ford was sworn into power that June, he promised to stand by that commitment. But more than five years later, those beds haven’t materialized and there’s been no news on that front.

The town — a hub for 33 surrounding First Nations, 28 of which are remote — has 5,800 permanent residents and thousands of people go there for medical appointments and social services. Now, it’s running out of room to treat and accommodate everyone.

People are growing impatient for the long-awaited expansion of the William A. George Extended Care Facility, a 21-bed long-term care home operated by the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Care Centre.

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