The Nova Scotia government says it will borrow up to $1.8 billion to fund previously announced long-term care projects in the province over the next few years.
The province says 24 long-term care facilities will be built or renovated across Nova Scotia and 500 rooms will be built in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The plans are part of 27 approved projects that will create or improve more than 2,800 beds. The remaining three projects already have funding in place.
“Ensuring that Nova Scotians have the peace of mind they deserve by being able to access long-term care when they need it will require one of the largest investments in the history of this province” , said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care. , in a press release. “Having this financing in place allows construction to continue without delay.”
The province says the 27 long-term care projects are in various stages of development, with the first facilities expected to open in 2023.
As of April 20, there were 1,946 Nova Scotians on the long-term care waiting list, including 283 waiting in hospital.
There are currently 8,070 long-term care spaces in Nova Scotia
Currently, more than 21% of Nova Scotia’s population is over the age of 65, the third highest percentage in the county.