FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Breaking Ground on Mon Sheong Markham Senior Care Campus
A Unique Community Tailored to Meet Seniors’ Needs
MARKHAM, ON (November 15, 2021) – Markham is gaining a Senior Care Campus in the near future. Today, Mon Sheong Foundation held the groundbreaking ceremony for their first ever Senior Care Campus in Markham. This campus, located at 36 Apple Creek Boulevard is going to feature a long-term care centre, a senior living Mon Sheong Court, and a personal support workers (PSW) training facility. To celebrate this momentous occasion, politicians from both provincial and municipal levels took part in the event alongside Mon Sheong Foundation Board of Directors, design and construction team, and supporters. The Senior Care Campus is projected to be completed by 2025.
Tim Kwan, Chairman of Mon Sheong Foundation, said, “In January 2019, during a blizzard, we broke ground on our Stouffville Long-Term Care Centre. The facility was completed in less than three years and began admitting residents in early October of this year. In March 2021, the provincial government allotted additional 768 new long-term care bed licences to us. These beds will be divided among three different locations across the GTA, all of which will be following the Campus model, featuring a long-term care centre and a Mon Sheong Court. These campuses are sorely needed as the population ages rapidly.”
The Markham Senior Care Campus, located at Woodbine and north of Highway 7, occupies a prime location in Markham. The future campus will feature approximately 280 life lease units for people 55 and older to live independently. As with all Mon Sheong Court models, this building will include many conveniences tailored to seniors’ needs.
The long-term care centre is another key component in the project. Currently all four Mon Sheong long-term care centres have a combined waitlist of over 7,000. This shows that Ontario’s aging population is gaining traction rapidly and senior care services of Mon Sheong are well recognized. The Markham Senior Care Campus will feature a 160-bed long-term care centre, providing more quality resident-centered care to those who are in need. In order to provide this service to even more people, Mon Sheong has decided to include a PSW training centre at this location. This training centre will not only provide classroom teaching but also an opportunity to complete practical hours at the long-term care centre, creating a very convenient and comprehensive learning environment. The construction of this campus will be following Passive House standards, which will allow the Campus to be truly energy efficient.
Stephanie Wong, CEO of Mon Sheong Foundation, said, “Currently we are working closely with the provincial and municipal governments as well as the Ministry of Long-Term Care on all the fine details. We hope to begin preparation work of the site as soon as possible, including demolishing the current building, creating the necessary infrastructure, constructing the underground parking, and more. Once all the necessary permits have been obtained we will be ready to begin construction of the buildings. Because it is located on prime real estate, each of our long-term care beds costs $340,000. This number includes costs of land, construction, infrastructure, amenities and more. In total, we are looking at a cost of $55 million. We hope that we can continue to count on the support of the community.”