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Major Pleasant Manor expansion will cost $37.5 million, CEO says
Tory MPP Sam Oosterhoff reannounces plans for the expansion of Virgil’s Pleasant Manor. (Kevin MacLean)

The Ontario government unveiled $38.2 million in grants this week to build more long-term care facilities in Niagara and confirmed major expansion plans for Pleasant Manor in Virgil.

The new 160-bed Niagara-on-the-Lake facility will cost at least $37.5 million, Radiant Care CEO Tim Siemens told The Lake Report.

The project was already announced a month ago, but Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff visited the site Monday for an "echo" announcement to reiterate the government's plans.

The previous Liberal government had approved 81 new spaces in 2018, but that proved to be an uneconomical project for Pleasant Manor to undertake.

The province in November allotted 38 more beds to Radiant Care, which operates the NOTL home as a private not-for-
profit charitable entity. 

Combined with the centre's current 41 beds, the latest provincial promise will allow Pleasant Manor to build a new 160-bed facility as part of a "campus of care," Oosterhoff said.

The new centre will be built on Elden Street, behind the current facility, on land occupied by a fruit orchard.

Siemens said it is anticipated the province will cover $37.5 million of the project, nearly 90 per cent of the construction costs.

The existing 41-bed facility will be converted into community housing for seniors, he said.

The new building has been a long time coming, Siemens told a small crowd assembled for the announcement.

"Since 1998, Pleasant Manor has been developing a plan to replace its current long-term care home with a new, state-of-the-art building, including with this plan, the prospect of bringing greater long-term care bed capacity and better, safer living spaces for our long-term care residents," he said.

Among the other Niagara sites allocated funding in Monday's announcement are: $16.6 million to Linhaven Long-Term Care Home in St. Catharines for 81 new spaces and upgrading 41 existing spots; Westhills Centre in St. Catharines ($10.4 million, 96 new spaces, 64 upgraded); Foyer Richelieu in Welland ($6.1 million, 66 new spaces, 66 upgraded); and Royal Rose Place in Welland ($3 million, 64 new spaces).

* Read The Lake Report's earlier story for full details on the Pleasant Manor expansion plans at https://www.niagaranow.com/news.phtml/4823.

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