Media Advisory: BCCPA to comment on province’s plan to add 495 new long-term care beds in the Interior  

Burnaby, B.C. (July 13, 2020) – Today, B.C.’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced an investment that will introduce 495 new long-term care beds in the Interior Health region.

140 beds will be added in Kelowna, 100 in Kamloops, 90 in Vernon, 90 in Penticton and 75 in Nelson. A competitive bid process will determine the exact location of the beds in the region. The investment will increase the number of publicly funded long-term care beds in the Interior Health region by 10 per cent to 6,550.

Mike Klassen, Acting CEO of BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), is available to comment on this announcement in person, as well as via phone and Skype.

What: BCCPA Acting CEO Mike Klassen comments on B.C.’s plan to add 495 long-term care beds in the Interior Health region.

When: Monday, July 13th, 2020

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Where: Metrotower I, 4710 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M2 –or– available by Zoom or Skype

With baby boomers now reaching retirement age, the demand for long-term care in B.C. is surging. A landmark report released by BCCPA in May 2019 projected that B.C. needs 45,000 new long-term care beds will over the next twenty years to support its aging population.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Rumana D’Souza-Garcin
Acting Manager of Communications
BC Care Providers Association
(778) 681-4859
rumana@bccare.ca

About BC Care Providers Association

Established in 1977, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the leading voice for B.C.’s continuing care sector. Our growing membership base includes over 380 long-term care, assisted living, home care, home support, and commercial members from across British Columbia. Through its operating arm EngAge BC, the organization represents independent living, as well as private pay assisted living, long-term care and home health services.

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