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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.
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 2021 and be completed in September 2023, 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
UHN’s Growing Lakeside project team is enthusiastically moving forward with plans to introduce 192 new long term care beds to Lakeside Long Term Care Centre. As with all large-scale builds, adjustments to the building’s design are anticipated and accommodated for in our timelines.
As we continue advance our plans, a number of exciting milestones have taken place.
For example, in early June, we submitted a building re-design to the Ministry of Long Term Care, along with a zoning by-law amendment and site plan applications to the City of Toronto Planning Department.
Key site updates include a C-shaped configuration that overlooks a secure, central courtyard. The courtyard, itself, will offer sweeping views of the surrounding property, boast natural landscaping, provide gardening opportunities for residents, and allow sunlight to filter into the building. Larger terraces also enhance the design, offering residents with more functional space to enjoy recreation and activities.
We’re hopeful that once the City Planner’s recommendation report is presented to Toronto East-York Community Council in the Fall, it will be approved by City Council in October 2020. Construction would begin in Spring 2021, and admissions to the new wing by late Summer 2023.
We are looking forward to continuing to work with all our partners, throughout the planning, approval, and construction process. You can review our expansion submissions to the
City of Toronto.
UHN’s commitment to caring for Toronto’s seniors is unwavering.
By building a second wing onto Lakeside Long Term Care Centre, we are introducing an additional 192 much-needed long term care (LTC) beds, and helping to ensure the safety and wellbeing of this rapidly growing and vulnerable population.
While expanding LTC is important, it also needs to be affordable. For that reason, as we move forward with our plans, we have adjusted some of our early designs, to ensure we remain on-budget.
Our plans meet all Ministry of Health and Long Term Care home building standards, and will allow us to continue applying best practices in resident care.
Learn more about some key design elements and milestones, as we get closer to building increased capacity for excellent care.
Enhanced capacity. Lakeside’s new wing will consist of a 6 storey, 192-bedded long term care centre. By creating a physical separation between the existing and new wing, residents are able to experience the comfort that comes from a smaller, warm, community-life environment. Maintaining separate buildings will also reduce the construction impact on current Lakeside residents.
Private and basic resident rooms. A mix of private and basic rooms will support us in accommodating residents and offering the safe, comfortable, home-like environment they desire. We recognize the importance of individual choice and means, as well as the possibility of family reunification, when possible. The mix of rooms will be as follows:
Secure, open courtyard. An open courtyard, looking out onto our larger UHN wellness campus, will embrace sunlight and use natural soil to enhance space, allow for tree planting, and provide gardening opportunities for residents.
Enhanced, outdoor terraces. Located on each resident floor, and in clear view of the care station, terraces will overlook the open courtyard and be used to engage residents in both leisure and recreational programming that keeps residents active and engaged.
Large entrance and multi-purpose lobby. A spacious entrance will extend into a welcoming lobby shared with Lakeside’s existing wing. This space will be filled with natural sunlight and offer views of the open courtyard. Residents, visitors and staff will enjoy a coffee nook, tuck shop, comfortable seating, and gathering opportunities that support a community-focused lifestyle.
Family overnight suite. A comfortable guest suite will support the needs of families wishing to stay closer to their loved one at the end-of-life stage.
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
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 presentation 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 application 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.
Why is UHN planning to build a second wing at Lakeside?
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.
Are your plans to build a new wing confirmed?
No, our plans to build a new wing at Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre have not yet been confirmed. There are a few steps we must take before we can move forward with our plans.
Right now, we working on getting the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the City of Toronto.
When will construction begin?
If approved, construction will begin in July 2021 and be completed in September 2023.
What will the new wing look like?
We are still in the planning stages, so the design may change.
Our current plan is to build a U-shaped wing that will connect to the existing building through a shared lobby.
Who will be cared for in the new wing?
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.
How will construction affect the residents and neighbours of Lakeside?
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.
How will parking be impacted during and after construction?
It is likely that parking will be impacted during construction. We know that parking is an ongoing concern for Lakeside and Bickle staff and visitors. We will work to find solutions that will help minimize inconvenience for staff and visitors during construction.
When construction is complete, there will be more parking spaces available.
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).
Bird’s-eye view of the proposed design for the expanded Lakeside Long Term Care Centre
View of the secure, open courtyard in the new wing
View of the updated Lakeside Long Term Care Centre’s entrance, from Dunn Avenue
View of the updated Lakeside Long Term Care Centre, from Close Avenue