News | December 21, 2023

Modernizing Long-Term Care Facilities In HRM To Deliver Better Care

Seniors in Halifax Regional Municipality will have more access to modern long-term care rooms with the replacement facilities in three communities.

Ocean View Continuing Care Centre in Eastern Passage, Oakwood Terrace in Dartmouth and Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax will all be replaced with new 144-room facilities.

“Despite our growing and aging population, past governments have failed to plan for the future,” said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, who made the announcement today, December 21, at Ocean View. “This is why we are where we are today. Seniors are waiting in hospital beds for a space in a long-term care facility. Others are waiting in emergency departments for those occupied beds. With these new long-term care spots, we are breaking this cycle to ensure every Nova Scotian gets the care they need and deserve.”

The three facilities are part of the recent addition of 2,200 rooms to the Province’s long-term care infrastructure plan. This was the last in a series of announcements about these new and replacement rooms.

The plan expansion includes new long-term care homes that will add about 800 rooms to the long-term care system and the replacement of older homes with new, modern facilities that will have about 1,400 rooms. All of these new homes are expected to be ready by 2032. The original plan included homes with about 3,500 rooms expected to be ready by 2027. Together, these new spaces will help to meet the care needs of the province’s aging population.

All new living spaces will be single rooms, each with its own private washroom. The Province is contracting with several long-term care providers for new facilities and to replace existing ones.

Information and progress updates on all 5,700 rooms are available at:

Building and improving more long-term care rooms is part of Action for Health, the Province’s strategic plan to improve healthcare. Building and renovating new facilities with single-bed rooms and ensuring seniors live with dignity and can age well are also commitments in the Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister’s mandate.

Source: Nova Scotia