The Government of Saskatchewan has issued a Request for Qualifications to choose a contractor for the new Long-Term Care Centre in La Ronge.

The chosen contractor will be responsible for building a new LTC facility and renovating the existing LTC space.

Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley explained her thoughts behind the direction the project was moving in.

“I am very pleased to see this project moving forward,” Hindley said. “This new facility will allow many more La Ronge and area seniors to remain close to family and provide a safe, comfortable space for them to call home.”

The new Long-Term Care Center will be owned and operated by the Saskatchewan Health authority.

The three-story, two-wing facility will be designed for 80 resident rooms, and include kitchen and living areas, tub rooms and family rooms, a traditional healing space, a serenity room, a commercial kitchen, and Home Care, including wound care, dental, and podiatry suites.

Athabasca MLA Jim Lemaigre spoke about the need of the new facility and the benefits it would provide.

“It’s very exciting to see this project getting underway,” Lemaigre said. “Not only will the new facility provide excellent care for residents, but it will also allow them to remain in La Ronge close to their loved ones.”

The project will also include the renovation of the existing 16-bed facility to provide increased Health Center space and improve several program areas, including home care, therapies, an adult day program, and a new hemodialysis unit.

The new long-term care facility will be built adjacent to and connected to the existing Health Center, which will remain open during the renovation work.

Teams that are shortlisted through the request for qualifications will proceed to the second stage of procurement for the project.

The request for proposal is expected to open this fall where each shortlisted proponent will be invited to submit a proposal for the project.

Site work is anticipated to begin in January 2023, with building construction expected to start in Spring 2023.