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  • Writer's pictureIsaac Callan

An Ontario Town Was Promised Long-Term Care Beds by Doug Ford 6 Years Ago - It’s Still Waiting

Posted February 9, 2024

In the run-up to the 2018 election, Doug Ford promised more than 70 new long-term care bed to Sioux Lookout. Six years later, locals say they've seen no progress.

Eighty-five-year-old Dianna Ayotte says she doesn’t think she’ll still be around when Sioux Lookout, Ont., is finally given a new long-term care home.

The Ontario town, situated approximately four hours north of Thunder Bay, is home to a key hospital serving fly-ins from several First Nations. A lack of long-term care beds means around half of them are taken up by patients who should be elsewhere.

“Today there are some long-term care patients accommodated at the hospital using up about half the hospital beds, so there are fewer beds for acute care,” Ayotte told Global News. “In most cases, they end their days in hospital.”

Since before the turn of the century, locals have been calling for a new care home to take the strain off the hospital and allow people to enter care while staying close to family.


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