New Long Term Care Home Coming to Colwood

March 17, 2023

VICTORIA – More long-term care beds are coming for people living throughout the Greater Victoria area as Island Health prepares to build a new care home in the Westshore.

The three-story facility has entered the procurement phase and will be located near the corner of Metchosin Road and Latoria Boulevard in the Royal Bay area of Colwood. It will bring 306 new care home beds to the region, with construction expected to begin in 2025 and complete in 2027.

“We are so pleased to be moving ahead with plans for a new long-term care home in the Westshore,” said Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health. “Ensuring that seniors and younger adults who require long-term care have access to safe, compassionate care will allow them to age with dignity in a supportive and home-like environment.”

The care home will include a hospice unit and a specialized unit for younger adults who require long-term care. An adult day program will allow people to live independently in the community while receiving services to support their well-being and health. There will also be hairdressing and therapy services and a bistro for residents of the building, as well as an adjacent 37-space childcare facility.

“The Westshore long-term care project is a reflection of our commitment to our community and an investment in our future,” said Kevin Murdoch, chair, Capital Regional Hospital District. “We are proud to be part of this partnership with Island Health and the Province, and we believe that this facility will provide a valuable service for many years to come.”

The facility will be on a two-hectare (five acres) parcel of land, recently acquired by the Capital Regional Hospital District. Island Health will lease the land and build, own and operate the new facility.

“This announcement is the culmination of years of work and preparation by the City of Colwood, our Westshore neighbours, the Capital Region, Island Health and the Province. It represents a huge step in the right direction for improving access to health care on the Westshore, and an opportunity for more seniors to age in the community they know and love, with dignity,”  said Doug Kobayashi, mayor of Colwood.

The capital cost of the project is $224 million, with the Capital Regional Hospital District contributing approximately $67 million and the Province investing $157 million.

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