Investing in Guelph Long-Term Care Homes to protect against COVID-19

April 16, 2021

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Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph along with the Province of Ontario and David Wormald, President, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, announced joint funding towards this project to improve long-term care homes in Guelph.

The Government of Canada is investing $1,500,000 towards this project through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing $375,000 to the project.

St. Joseph's Hospital (Special Grouping) - St. Joseph's Health Centre’s project will replace the existing Rooftop Unit serving the North Wing, which will improve air quality for the building occupants, reduce the spread of viruses by improving the air filtration, provide additional control capabilities for heating/cooling the space, eliminate the risk of imminent equipment failure, eliminate the risk from infection transmission and help maximize patient care quality and comfort.

On April 16, 2021, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Deb Schulte, Federal Minister of Seniors; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and the Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care, announced over $99.4 million in 95 projects to improve long-term care homes across Ontario.

The majority of funding will make important upgrades and improvements to HVAC systems as well as sprinkler and ventilation systems in long-term care homes across Ontario. All residents living in long-term care facilities deserve to live in safe, modern spaces, and these investments will improve the safety of these homes for both residents and long-term care workers.

The COVID-19 stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80% in projects that support provinces and up to 100% in projects that support territories and Indigenous communities in their response to the pandemic.



“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada’s most vulnerable populations. As we continue to battle this crisis, upgrading ventilation systems to ensure cleaner air in Ontario’s long-term care homes will be critical to the health and safety of residents and the people that care for them. The Government of Canada is investing 80 cents on every dollar invested in these important projects across the province. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

-The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The pandemic tragedy in Canada’s long-term care sector highlighted significant gaps that must be met with action by all governments and those working on behalf of seniors. By funding 80 per cent of the cost of renovations to make these long-term care homes safer, we’re helping better protect the Canadians living and working in long-term care.”

-The Honourable Deb Schulte, Federal Minister of Seniors

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, investments in the health and wellness of Ontarians are more critical than ever. Supporting air quality and other infrastructure projects in long-term care homes helps to protect our communities, making them stronger, healthier and safer. That is why Ontario is making this investment to protect our health and our economy.”

-The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

“We have been working closely with LTC facilities locally throughout the pandemic as they have been going above and beyond to provide support for our seniors, who have been disproportionately impacted. I am so pleased to provide federal support for ventilation systems, to improve air quality for staff and residents now and in the future that will lead to improved patient care and outcomes.”

-Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“We are deeply grateful for this important funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The safety and comfort of our residents is a priority and this funding will enable St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph to make improvements to our systems that will help prevent the spread of viruses and enhance the wellbeing of residents, now and for years to come.”

-Mr. David Wormald, President, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph


Quick facts

  • To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
  • Through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, over $3 billion is available to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short term projects
  • Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Since November of 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over


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Lianne Cassidy

Executive Assistant to Lloyd Longfield