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Long-Term Care Homes

Apply to build new or redevelop existing long-term care beds

Application deadline extension

The Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health are working closely with our partners in both the long-term care sector and other health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of residents, families and staff. We are taking proactive measures as we continue to concentrate efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19.

For this reason, we will be re-evaluating a new closing date. We will notify sector partners of a new closing date in a timely manner, at least two weeks in advance.

We are now accepting applications to build new long-term care beds and redevelop existing long-term care beds from current and potential long-term care home operators in Ontario.

The application deadline has been extended.

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Background

We are creating 15,000 new long-term care beds and redeveloping 15,000 older long-term care beds to modern design standards in new or existing homes in Ontario.

These net new beds will:

This is part of creating a 21st century long-term care system that:

To date, the government has allocated more than 50 per cent of the 15,000 new long-term care beds.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants include:

All applicants must be eligible to be licensed or approved to operate a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and Regulation 79/10.

Before you apply

Before you complete the application form, you should review the:

You are also encouraged to:

How to apply

To submit an application, send a completed application package:

A completed application package must include:

Unless otherwise indicated in the Application Form, or requested by the ministry, supplementary material should not be submitted and will not be reviewed.

You will be sent an electronic confirmation of receipt after submitting your application.

Due Date for Applications

The Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health are working closely with our partners in both the long-term care sector and other health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of residents, families and staff. We are taking proactive measures as we continue to concentrate efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19.

For this reason, we will be re-evaluating a new closing date. We will notify sector partners of a new closing date in a timely manner, at least two weeks in advance.

We encourage all those who are interested to apply.

Applicants should consider the feasibility of their project schedule, including the ability to create new or redevelop existing long-term care beds by 2023, if a submission is delayed.

Evaluation of application

Applications will be evaluated based on their alignment with:

You will also be asked to describe the basis of your cost estimates in the application, which could range from a preliminary cost estimate to a fully costed plan.

Application information sessions

To support potential applicants to complete the Application for Long-Term Care Home Development, the ministry is hosting online information sessions. The sessions are open to anyone interested in development and redevelopment of long-term care homes in Ontario, including non-profit, for-profit, and municipal operators, and those new to the long-term care sector.

Topics covered at each session

Register for an online session

To provide better support during these sessions, we ask that your organization and all attendees submit questions prior to each session to LTCdevelopment@ontario.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Long-Term Care Home Information

What is a long-term care home?

A long-term care home is a place where adults can live and receive help with most or all of their daily activities and receive access to 24-hour nursing and personal care. Long-term care homes offer more nursing and personal care than would typically be provided in a retirement home or supportive housing.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care (the "ministry") provides funding for long-term care homes across the province to provide appropriate care and services to the people that live in those homes.

What is the difference between developing and redeveloping long-term care beds?

The government supports long-term care development projects across the province that will add new long-term care bed capacity and redevelop existing, older long-term care beds to modern design standards.

Developing new long-term care beds means adding net new long-term care spaces to an existing long-term care home or building a net new long-term care home in Ontario. These net new beds will increase access to long-term care, reduce waitlists, ease hospital capacity pressures and help end hallway health care.

Redeveloping long-term care beds means either renovating existing long-term care spaces in an existing home or building new long-term care home to replace an older one. Redeveloping existing long-term care beds helps the long-term care sector continue to provide appropriate care to people in safe and secure environments.

Submitting an application

Who can submit an application for new beds?

This application is open to all interested parties, including existing non-profit, for-profit, and municipal operators, and organizations new to the long-term care sector.

Applicants must be eligible to be licensed or approved to operate a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and Regulation 79/10.

Applicants should seek Ontario legal and financial advice as to the applicable legal and financial requirements and considerations, including any additional Provincial and/or Federal legislative and regulatory requirements or restrictions associated with operating a business in Ontario.

How does an applicant submit and complete an application form?

Please submit all applications to LTCdevelopment@ontario.ca.

Instructions on how to complete, save and email the application form (which is a fillable PDF) are embedded throughout the form.

Who can applicants contact if they have questions about the application form?

Applicants can email LTCdevelopment@ontario.ca with any questions, for a response from the ministry.

The ministry will host information sessions for potential applicants starting October 2019. Please check the website regularly for dates and times.

What is the due date for submitting applications for new long-term care beds?

The Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health are working closely with our partners in both the long-term care sector and other health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of residents, families and staff. We are taking proactive measures as we continue to concentrate efforts on containing the spread of COVID-19.

For this reason, we will be re-evaluating a new closing date. We will notify sector partners of a new closing date in a timely manner, at least two weeks in advance.

We encourage all those who are interested to apply.

Applicants should consider the feasibility of their project schedule, including the ability to create new or redevelop existing long-term care beds by 2023, if a submission is delayed.

To date, the government has allocated more than 50 per cent of the 15,000 new long-term care beds.

Why is the government extending the application deadline for the 2019 Application for Long-Term Care Home Development?

The Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health are working closely with our partners in both the long-term care sector and other health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of residents, families and staff. We have taken proactive measures, and we continue to look at all possible courses of action to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For this reason, we are extending the long-term care home development application deadline. The ministry will re-evaluate the deadline and communicate any further changes in a timely manner.

We aim to notify sector partners of the new closing date at least 2 weeks in advance.

We understand that some organizations may, unexpectedly, be unable to complete the application form by the current deadline. Prospective applicants are diverse and include organizations that provide critical health care services, including existing long-term care home operators and hospitals. We want to ensure all prospective applicants are able to focus on containing the spread of COVID-19 and addressing its impacts.

What if I am unable to complete the questions in the application form or submit the required documentation by the new deadline?

With the evolving situation associated with COVID-19, the ministry recognizes that applicants may be unable to complete the application form on time. We encourage those interested in applying to indicate their intentions to the Ministry.

Applicants should complete as much of the application form as possible. The circumstances that have prevented an applicant from completing a question or submitting a required document should be included in Section 2.1.1 of the application form.

The ministry will contact an applicant where any clarification, or additional information, is required to complete the evaluation.

Will the ministry evaluate applications and allocate or approve long-term care beds on a rolling basis? If so, what is the impact on my application if I wait to submit?

The ministry continues to accept and evaluate applications submitted under the 2019 Application for Long-Term Care Home Development.

Applications will be evaluated as they are received by the ministry.

The government recently announced emergency measures in response to COVID-19. If I have a question about the application form can I still contact the ministry?

Yes. Applicants can email LTCdevelopment@ontario.ca with questions and will receive a response from the ministry.

I have already submitted an application under the 2019 Application for Long-Term Care Home Development, is there anything my organization needs to do?

No. The ministry continues to evaluate applications submitted under the 2019 Application for Long-Term Care Home Development. The ministry will contact applicants if any clarification, or additional information, is required to complete the evaluation.

What if I am unable to meet the deadline once it is published; can I submit an application after the deadline?

To be evaluated by the ministry an application must be submitted by the application deadline. However, we recognize that the current COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and the ministry will communicate any further changes in a timely manner.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health are working closely with our partners in both the long-term care sector and other health care sectors to ensure the continued safety and well-being of residents, families and staff. We have taken proactive measures, and we continue to look at all possible courses of action to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Review of applications

How will the ministry evaluate applications and make decisions?

Applications will be evaluated based on its alignment with program objectives, policy priorities, project readiness, financial viability, ability to address local need, and compliance history (where applicable).

When an applicant does not have fully designed and costed plans for their project, how can they estimate the project cost?

The ministry encourages interested applicants to seek advice from industry experts to establish a cost estimate.

Applicants will be asked to describe the basis of their cost estimates in the application, which could range from a preliminary cost estimate based on comparable projects to a fully costed plan.

What is the Ministry of Long-Term Care's Capital and Licensing Review?

Each long-term care home development project that is approved for further ministry review must undergo the ministry's capital and licensing approval process.

The capital approval process includes a review of an applicant's ability to develop and operate the proposed long-term care home in accordance with ministry policy and legislative requirements.

In addition to receiving funding approval and executing a funding contract, an applicant must receive ministry approval for key milestones including, but not limited to, their design plans, to start construction, and to occupy the space as a long-term care home.

All long-term care homes in Ontario must be licensed or approved by the ministry to operate a long-term care bed. The requirements for the ministry's licensing review and approval process are stipulated in Part VII and Part VIII the (the "Act") and Ontario Regulation 79/10. The ministry's licensing review has multiple components, including, but not limited to, Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Upon completing all licensing review requirements under the Act and Regulation, the Director can make a decision regarding the issuance of a licence or licence undertaking, or the Minister can make a decision to grant an Approval.


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