For Immediate Release
January 18, 2001

Peter Graham
Commissioner of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2210


(Brampton) - Peel Regional Council today approved the transfer of the Region's Seniors Services Division from Peel Social Services to Peel Health to more appropriately align long-term care services within Peel Health's portfolio of public health services.

"This transfer moves all program, budgeting and staffing responsibilities for long-term care to Peter Graham, Peel's Commissioner of Health. This decision is in accord with recent provincial legislation which has deemed the long-term care programs and services to fall under the mandate of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care," said Peel's Chief Administrative Officer Roger Maloney.

"We are very fortunate to have in Peter Graham a leader who has spent many years building our Seniors Services programs as our Director of Seniors Services prior to his appointment as Commissioner of Health last year. Peter will be well-positioned to accept this new portfolio of services into Peel Health with no disruptions," said Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb.

The Region of Peel operates long-term care facilities in Peel: The Sheridan Villa in Mississauga, Peel Manor in Brampton and the Vera M. Davis in Bolton. In addition, the Region has received approval to construct two additional 160-bed facilities which will open in early 2003. The much-needed, 320 additional beds will help ease the current waiting list of 1,500 people for the Region's three existing long term care facilities.

The new Brampton site is beside the Chinguacousy Wellness Centre at Bramalea Road and Peter Robertson Boulevard. The Mississauga site is in Malton at Highway 427 and Derry Road. Council has already approved the budget of approximately $40 million to construct the two facilities. The province's share will be the annual operating costs of $10-$12 million.

"Each of our three current facilities has achieved the highest accredited rating available for our operations by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation," said Paul Vezina, Commissioner of Social Services.

"We are very proud of our staff and we enjoy a strong relationship with the communities around these facilities. Our volunteers are at the heart of our facilities working alongside staff to create a wholesome and healthy environment for our residents. The families of our residents are also involved in our operations through strong channels of communication and interaction," said Vezina.

"In the early years of the Region of Peel and throughout the 1980s, the funding for "Homes for the Aged" fell under the Canada Assistance Plan, which deemed the program to fall under the Social Services envelope. However, over time the level of care in the Homes has increased considerably to the point where the level of health care required is very high and in fact these are health facilities," said Vezina.

Graham said that this transfer has been in the works since 1999. "Looking into the future, we are confident that this alignment of responsibilities will help make our work with the Ontario Government more direct and efficient. I am very excited to be working with the Seniors Services team again, and most specifically the management staff under the leadership of Judy Heffern, recently appointed Director of Seniors Services. I know that we can continue the tradition of service excellence they have achieved."

If residents have any questions about long-term care in the Region of Peel, please call Bernice Nixon at 905-857-0975, Ext. 22, or E-mail at Bernice.Nixon@Region.Peel.ON.CA., or visit the Region's Web Site at

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Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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