Investing in Long-Term Care Homes in Scarborough North

Published on April 23, 2021

(Picture taken in November 2020)

MPP Cho at Yee Hong Centre with Dr. Joseph Wong, the Centre's Founder & Chair and Dr. San Ng, the Centre's Interim CEO. 

 Investing in Long-Term Care Homes in Scarborough North

Yee Hong Centre receives $1 million to upgrade their homes


NEWS                                                                                                                                April 23, 2021


Scarborough North — The Ontario government is investing $1,089,000 in one-time combined federal-provincial funding to improve and make upgrades to long-term care homes in Scarborough North.  It is part of a $100 million investment to install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and make retrofits or repairs to fire sprinkler systems, in 95 long-term care homes across the province. These investments will help provide care, comfort and safety to residents.


“This investment will benefit many of the most vulnerable people in our community, providing them with the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve,” said the Honourable Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government puts the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.


The local projects are:

  • Yee Hong Centre - Scarborough Finch, in the City of Toronto, will receive up to $19,000 to:
  • Install additional components to the cooling tower which will allow speed control, eliminate vibration and noise, prolong the life of the motor which will increase energy efficiency.
  • Yee Hong Centre - Scarborough McNicoll, in the City of Toronto, will receive:
  • $615,000 to install new components to the current HVAC system to improve the overall circulated air breathed by the senior residents and reduce the illnesses caused by poor heating/cooling and contaminated air particles. In addition, this will extend the lifecycle of the HVAC system for another 20 years.
  • $215,000 this project will replace one existing fresh air unit and one cab air purifier to existing elevators. The cab air purifier will continuously purify air without having to be charged, refilled or cleaned outside of regular elevator maintenance. This project will improve air quality delivered to the resident units and to provide improved thermal comfort for the residents and staff.
  • $240,000 install a new air-cooled chiller which will increase heat transfer and cooling capacity, reduce energy consumption and will be reliable for the building in terms of comfort for the residents and staff.


"Yee Hong thanks the Federal and Provincial governments for their significant grant of $1.09M  through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program," said Dr. San Ng, Interim CEO of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. "With this funding, we are able to enhance the air quality in some of our homes, thereby improving the safety and comfort of our residents and staff, and achieve ongoing energy efficiencies. Infrastructure programs are essential for improving and sustaining the long-term care sector."


“Our Government is reversing decades of neglect and underfunding by repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario like never before,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s investment in homes across the province is another part of our government’s plan to ensure our loved ones live in comfort and with the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.”


This funding is part of a combined federal-provincial investment of up to $1.05 billion to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).


In addition to helping communities build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s long-term care residents, families and staff comfortable and safe, this investment will create hundreds of local construction jobs, and support local businesses and suppliers.


  • This is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan
  • In the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, the province set aside a total of $246 million to improve living conditions in long-term care homes, including ensuring residents have air conditioning.
  • ntario has committed to an average of four hours of direct care per day for our loved ones living in long term care homes and is the first province in Canada to take this important step.




Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)

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