Members of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, the provincial government and a local construction company from Sault broke ground on Friday for a new long-term care facility in the city.
The Missanabie Cree-Maskwa Elder’s Care Home will serve both First Nation members and residents of Sault Ste. Marie when it opens to the public.
“The partnership will enable Missanabie Cree to help solve the bed shortage problem at Sault Ste. Marie, not only for our elders, but for the aging population in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Chief Jason Gauthier, Missanabie Cree First Nation.
“It’s really exciting to see this coming together after years of work on it.”
For its part, the province will provide the site with 64 additional beds.
The state-of-the-art facility will contain all of the individual units, said Sault MPP Ross Romano.
“If you look at what we’ve just learned about COVID-19, if you think about how long that’s been in the long-term care sector, a lot of it is because there are so many common areas in care homes. ‘ Romano said.
A price tag for the facility has not yet been announced at this time. The executing construction company expects completion in just over a year.