Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
February 13, 2019

Provincial Government Provides Update on Construction of Corner Brook Long-Term Care Home

Construction of the 145-bed long-term care home in Corner Brook remains on schedule to open in 2020. The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Transportation and Works, received an update on the home during a tour of the facility today by officials from Plenary Group.

Minister Crocker was joined on the tour by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources and MHA for Corner Brook, Scott Reid, MHA for St. George's - Humber, and officials from Corner Brook Care Partnership – the successful proponent selected to design, build, finance and maintain the facility.

Ongoing work at the long-term care home includes construction of interior walls, electrical work, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct work.

Construction of the facility began in spring 2018 with final concrete poured for the foundation in June. Once operational, upwards of 200 public service employees will be required at the long-term care home. The 120 long-term care beds, 15 palliative care beds and 10 rehabilitative care beds will help meet demand for long-term care in the region and make better use of resources at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

The successful proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the new 164-bed hospital, meanwhile, is anticipated to be announced this spring, leading to construction beginning later this year.

Department of Finance officials estimate 4,300 person years of employment and $498 million in GDP will be created as a result of construction on both projects combined.

A comprehensive value-for-money assessment for the long-term care home concluded in 2018 that partnering with the private sector will result in savings of 10 per cent over the 30-year agreement – up from the originally estimated 8.9 per cent – for a total estimated savings of $14.6 million.

The long-term care home and hospital deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca

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“We are pleased to see the progress of the long-term care home and we are also looking forward to announcing the successful proponents for the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital this spring. These projects are examples of how our government is meeting the demand for health care infrastructure and finding ways to provide that infrastructure in a way that is responsible to all taxpayers.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“It was a pleasure to tour the construction site today and see the fabulous work taking place. This development will bring with it many new public sector jobs, it will be a boost to the economy of the western region of our province, but more importantly, it will become a nurturing and caring home where seniors will receive quality care. Improving and enhancing health care facilities and services is a Way Forward commitment by our government and we look forward to more projects coming to fruition in other areas of the province, namely Botwood, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“This is welcomed news for the District of Corner Brook and the western region of the province. I am pleased that the construction of the long-term care facility is continuing on time and on budget for a scheduled opening in 2020. This state-of-the-art facility will greatly benefit the people of Corner Brook and western Newfoundland with enhanced facilities, better resources and more employment opportunities. This in turn will bring about the delivery of better services and outcomes for the region. I look forward to its completion in 2020.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources and MHA for Corner Brook

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Learn more

The Way Forward

The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments PDF icon

Proponent Selected for Long Term Care Facility in Corner Brook

Milestones Reached in Development of Western Newfoundland Health Care Campus

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2019 02 13                              12:55 p.m.