Province funds rebuild of Dundas Manor

In this provided photo, Long Term Care Minister Dr. Merrilee Fullerton (second from right) announces commitment to rebuild and expand Dundas Manor in Winchester on Friday, March 13, 2020. Also shown, from left, are North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser, Dundas Manor Board Chair Bill Smirle, MPP Jim McDonell and Dundas Manor CEO Cholly Boland. (MPP Jim McDonell via Newswatch Group)

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:51 p.m. to add details about timeline for construction of the project and fundraising.

WINCHESTER – The province is committing to rebuild and expand a North Dundas long term care home.

Long Term Care Minister Dr. Merrilee Fullerton was in Winchester this morning (Friday) to announce the government’s commitment to rebuild the existing 98 beds at the home and also add another 30 beds, bringing the total number of beds to 128.

“Creating new long-term care beds and redeveloping older beds in North and South Dundas is key to ensuring more seniors get the support and high-quality care they need close to home,” MPP Jim McDonell said.

In January, county council made a $4 million, five year commitment to fund the redevelopment. A half million dollars is coming this year another $953,500 each year for the following four years.

The entire rebuild, which will be near the existing building on Clarence Street by the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, will cost $31 million.

MPP Jim McDonell tells Cornwall Newswatch, the Dundas Manor executive still has to fundraise its one-third share but it has “a good chunk of it done.”

McDonell says he would like to see the shovels in the ground “this summer if possible.”

A news release from Dundas Manor said construction is expected to begin “in late 2021.”