Province chips in $4.6 million to new Francophone LTC home addition in Welland


Published May 2, 2023 at 2:27 pm

An artist's interpretation of the new entrance to the Foyer Richelieu Welland long-tern care facility in Welland.

The amount of available beds at a Welland long-term care home will more than double, thanks in part to a $4.6 million investment from the provincial government.

The $45 million addition to the present Residence Richelieu, a primarily Francophone facility with 50 beds, will see a total of 128 beds in the home following construction of the new wing.

At an announcement today (May 2) in Welland, Paul Calandra, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care, noted, “Today marks a significant milestone for Foyer Richelieu Welland. It’s also an important day for Ontario’s Francophone community as Foyer Richelieu will offer all 128 beds to Francophone residents so they can receive care in French that is tailored to their cultural and language needs.”

The home is one of 39 long-term care projects in development across the province where services for Francophone residents will be provided.

Now named Foyer Richelieu Welland, the facility is expected to finish construction and start welcoming its first residents in summer 2025. The redeveloped home will provide 66 new and 62 upgraded beds in private, semi-private and basic rooms.

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff said at the announcement, “All seniors and those in need of care in our province deserve to receive care with dignity and respect. The excellent new project being built at Foyer Richelieu Welland will allow for more residents of Niagara to receive world-class care, when and where they need it.”

Muriel Thibault-Gauthier, Board Chair of Foyer Richelieu Welland, talked about the importance of the new facility to the local Francophone community.

“This will help build much needed long-term care beds for Welland and will also create a community within a community for approximately 250 residents living in our Francophone hub of care,” said Thibault-Gauthier.

“For the first time in Ontario, there will be the following services along the continuum of care, including: independent retirement living, assisted living, long-term care, hospice, plus a community and cultural centre, all on one campus of care.”

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