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​​Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre, located at 150 Dunn Avenue, is exploring the opportunity to expand our services on this site.

Why are we expanding our services at Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre?
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The demand for long-term care beds in Toronto continues to grow each year. In fact, the current wait-list for a long-term bed at Lakeside can be up to two years. Seniors make up a large part of the population in our long-term care facilities.

By adding a second wing onto the building, Lakeside is positioned to meet the needs of even more people requiring long-term care services.

We are aiming for construction to begin in July 2020 and be completed in September 2022, but before construction would start, we need to go through an approvals process with the City. We submitted an application to the City in early 2019.

We are committed to keeping you informed about our proposed plans and the approvals process with the City. Once construction begins, we will also provide regular status updates.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at GrowingLakeside@uhn.ca​​.​

News & Events​​

Lakeside Residents & Families Council meeting – On June 10, 2019, members of our planning committee had an opportunity to sit down with Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre Resident & Family Councils and update them on our expansion plans. We used the opportunity to present the new entrance to Lakeside LTC, main floor lobby and seating areas, gathering area, resident home unit features, and other aspects of the design that residents and families have important insight too. UHN will be returning to the Resident and Family Councils as the design develop further and as we progress with approvals from the City of Toronto and Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Sunflower House Day Care visit – On June 18, 2019, the Sunflower House Day Care Board of Directors invited our team to walk them through the Lakeside expansion plans. Much like the larger Parkdale community, the Board recognizes the importance of expanding long-term care services in Toronto, and is supportive in making it a reality at Lakeside. During the meeting, we explored the growing need for long-term care, what the new wing of Lakeside will look like, and timelines. The members of the Board had important questions around the construction site safety features, logistics around temporary pick-up/drop-off parking, and how the children’s play space may be reconfigured. We look forward to seeing the new playground design soon.

Site Plan Application submission – On July 22, 2019, UHN re-submitted its zoning by-law amendment application and site plan application in support of the Growing Lakeside project. The submission to the City of Toronto refines details of the design of the new long-term care wing. The City of Toronto website for the Lakeside Long-Term Care Expansion can be found here.

UHN is very excited about the progress that has been made with the applications to the City of Toronto. The applications represent months of hard work by the Lakeside Long-Term Care Expansion planning teams and our best efforts to incorporate feedback we have heard from the City, members of the public, UHN staff and physicians, and most importantly, residents and families of Lakeside Long Term-Care Centre.

Thank you for taking an interest in the development of new long-term care beds at Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre.

City-led community consultation: On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the City Councillor, Mr. Gord Perks hosted a community consultation meeting. Mr. Kirk Hatcher, City Planner reviewed UHN's zoning by-law amendment application to build a new wing of an additional 192 long-term care beds on the existing Lakeside Long Term Care Home located on Dunn Avenue. This presentation was followed by UHN presentations on our plans for the new expanded Lakeside LTC Centre. UHN welcomed the opportunity to participate in a thoughtful conversation with the Parkdale community, neighbours and other interested attendees. We appreciate continued questions and suggestions around green space, parking, and traffic. Review UHN's presentationPDF Icon from the consultation.

Next steps: In the coming weeks, UHN will be attending Lakeside’s Resident and Family Councils, and the Board of the Sunflower House Childcare Centre to update them directly on where we are at in planning and to hear their input. We will continue to work with the surrounding community, along with Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning Staff, to make our commitment to expanding Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre a reality.

We’re also continuing to finalize interior plans for the expansion wing, that reflect our emphasis on quality care for residents. We’re looking at the possibilities of gathering space in the lobby, where residents and their guests can visit, and a comfortable room for ​families to stay, when visiting residents in palliative care.

Other interior enhancements that we’re working to finalize include research space within Lakeside to continue to expand our focus on finding better ways to care for seniors in long term care and improve the quality of resident’s experiences in long term care. We are also including a new teaching space to promote learning and professional development for the 40-60 student placements we offer each year in nursing, social work, dietetics and activation/gerontology. Our residents and families are strong supporters of education and professional development – a shared priority we want to continue nurturing.

UHN has submitted the zoning by-law amendment application for the Growing Lakeside project to the City of Toronto. UHN is extremely excited to be working with the City of Toronto staff, residents and Councillor Gord Perks to bring the project to fruition.

The zoning by-law amendment applicatio​n can be accessed at the City of Toronto Application Information Centre website.

A development sign will be going up on the Lakeside-Bickle property for the Growing Lakeside project. The development sign will include project statistics, such as the size of the building, as well as a rendering of the new wing of Lakeside as proposed. The development sign will also include the name and contact information of the planner assigned by the City of Toronto.

​Over the next months UHN will be updating this webpage and sending emails in regards to the Growing Lakeside project. Everyone at UHN is very excited to be working with the community and to be developing new long-term care beds in Parkdale. Please do not hesitate to contact GrowingLakeside@uhn.ca​ with your comments and inquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions​​

The need for long-term care beds in Toronto continues to grow. Right now, it can take up to 2 years to get a long-term care bed at the Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre.

The new wing will add 192 long-term care beds, allowing us to serve more people who are no longer able to live on their own or who need 24-hour medical or personal care.

If approved, construction will begin in July 2020 and be completed in September 2022.

We are still in the early planning stages, so the design may change.

Our current plan is to build a donut-shaped wing that looks similar to the existing building. The new wing will connect to the south side of the existing building.

Our new wing will serve residents who have similar needs to our current Lakeside Long-Term Care residents. Our current residents are mostly seniors with medical conditions such as dementia, heart disease, and cardiovascular disease.

We are still in the early planning stages, so we do not have specific details. We know there will be some challenges for residents, visitors, staff, and neighbours during construction. We will work with contractors to avoid disrupting the day-to-day experiences of residents, visitors, staff, and neighbours as much as possible. We will share details with you as we get more information.

Lakeside Expansion​

Learn more about the need to expand long-term care services in Toronto – and our vision for meeting this demand at Lakeside Long Term Care. For a closer look at our plans, view our presentation (revised)​​.​​​​

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