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New nursing home to replace Villa Providence in Shediac

The Villa Providence nursing home in Shediac will be replaced with a new 190-bed facility by 2025-26 at a cost of $70 million. From left: Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé MLA Jacques LeBlanc; Local Government and Local Governance Reform Minister Daniel Allain; Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch; Ronald LeBlanc, executive director of Villa Providence; George Boudreau, chair of the board, Comfort Life Network; and ...

Oromocto designated an age-friendly community

Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch officially presented the Age-Friendly Community award to the Town of Oromocto. The New Brunswick Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program is a way of encouraging communities around the province to develop policies, services and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness. From left: Oromocto Mayor Robert Powell, and Fitch.

$205,000 invested in affordable housing projects in Saint John

The provincial and federal governments are providing $205,000 to non-profit groups in Saint John to help renovate affordable housing units for families and seniors. From left: Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Don Taylor, Sister Sheila Housing Corporation; Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch; Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long; and Narinder Singh, Saint John Non Profit Housing.

Federal and provincial investment of $1.6 million in affordable housing projects in northeastern New Brunswick

Investments totalling $1.6 million by the federal and provincial governments will help create and renovate 56 affordable housing units in northeastern New Brunswick. From left: Yvon Godin, Les Résidences Léonce-Marsoliau de Bertrand Inc.; Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch, Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier; Bernie Laroque, Résidences Habitat Soleil Residences Inc.; Odon St-Pierre, Habitat Caraquet 201 Inc.; and Caraquet MLA Isabelle Thériault.

Investment to improve air quality in older long-term care facilities

The provincial and federal governments have signed an agreement to improve care for residents of New Brunswick’s long-term care homes through the Safe Long-Term Care Fund. The announcement was made in Dalhousie by Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In photo, Fitch, on left, shakes hands with Trudeau.

New centres of excellence offer students career experience in health and entrepreneurship

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is launching two new centres of excellence to give students the opportunity to interact with experts and gain valuable career experience in entrepreneurship, health care and social work. From left: centre of excellence for energy lead Adam Trider; centre of excellence for health lead Daneen Dymond; centre of excellence for entrepreneurship lead ...

$27.4 million increase in funding for adult residential facilities

The provincial government is increasing the funding allocated to adult residential facilities for services provided to seniors and to people with a disability. From left: John Grass, vice-president of the New Brunswick Special Care Home Association and owner of Grass Home special care home in Riverview with Lynn Grass, owner of Grass Home; and Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch.

Two 60-bed nursing homes to be built in Moncton and Fredericton

Two nursing homes will be built in Moncton and Fredericton, adding 120 beds to the province’s long-term care system within two years.

Investment in micro-home project addressing homelessness in Fredericton

The first phase of a project to build micro-homes for people currently experiencing homelessness in Fredericton is receiving support from the Department of Social Development. Photo shows Marcel LeBrun, founder of 12 Neighbours Community Inc.

Provincial health plan details services to help seniors stay in their homes

New initiatives that will help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible are included in the new provincial health-care plan, Stabilizing Health Care: An Urgent Call to Action. From left: Health Minister Dorothy Shephard; Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch; Amanda Betts, owner/operator of Autumn Lee Retirement Home and resident Betty Lloyd.

National Foster Family Week

Oct. 17-24 is National Foster Family Week, recognizing those who open their homes and hearts to children and young people in need of care. From left: Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch and Nancy Galluchon, vice-president (Francophone) of the New Brunswick Foster Families Association.

Nackawic is an Age-Friendly Community

Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch officially presented this week the Aged-Friendly Community award to the town of Nackawic. The New Brunswick Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program is a way of encouraging communities and municipalities across the province to develop policies, services and structures that promote healthy aging and wellness.

211 searchable online database now available for community and government resources

The 211 phone service has been expanded to include a new searchable online database, nb.211.ca, which provides information on community and government resources in New Brunswick. In photo: Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch.

Sixty-bed nursing home to be built in Saint John

Shannex has been the successful proponent for the construction and management of a new 60-bed nursing home in Saint John. From left: Derek Green, vice-president of New Brunswick perations for Shannex; and Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch.

Sixty-bed nursing home to be built in Moncton

The provincial government announced today that Shannex has been selected to build and manage a 60-bed nursing home in Moncton. From left: Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch; and Derek Green, vice-president of New Brunswick operations for Shannex.

New affordable housing project in Saint John

The provincial and federal governments announced today an investment of $1.8 million in Victoria Commons, a new affordable housing project in Saint John that will provide 12 units with rent supplements to low-income women with and without children.

Provincial and federal governments provide rental support to low income working families

The provincial government is partnering with the federal government to implement the Canada – New Brunswick Housing Benefit. This portable benefit aims to help low-income working parents and their children access adequate and affordable rental accommodations that meet their needs. From left: federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc; Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor; Local Government and Local Governance Reform Minister ...

New online guides provide older adults and caregivers information on coping with COVID-19

Two new online guides offer older adults and caregivers information and tips to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. In photo: Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch.

New web site to provide seniors with information on government and community services and programs

In an effort to help seniors, their families and caregivers during the pandemic, the Department of Social Development has launched Social Supports NB, a user-friendly website that contains information on government and community programs and services including for housing, health services and home care. In photo: Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch.

Funding announced for affordable housing units in Moncton

The provincial and federal governments announced funding for a new affordable housing complex in Moncton today, which specifically aims to provide housing for adults with physical disabilities. From left: Ronald LeBlanc, executive director of Comfort Life Network; federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, who is also minister responsible for the CMHC; Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor; Luc ...

Fredericton out-of-the-cold shelter officially opened

Fredericton’s out-of-the-cold shelter is officially open. Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard attended the official opening today, along with several of her cabinet colleagues and officials from the John Howard Society and the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre. In the photo, from the left, are Tracey Rickards of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic ...

Second project under Healthy Seniors Pilot Project announced

The provincial and federal governments have announced another project from round one of the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. Eligible participants will receive physiotherapy or occupational therapy at Fredericton’s York Care Centre, Woodstock’s Carleton Manor or Saint John’s Rocmaura Nursing Home. From left: Gary Beattie, board chair of York Care Centre; Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey; Lisa Sheehy, principal researcher with the ...

First successful applicant under Healthy Seniors Pilot Project announced

The provincial and federal governments have announced a successful project from round one of the $75-million Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. The project, called Nursing Homes Without Walls, will explore the extension of support services offered in nursing homes to seniors still living at home. From left: Francis LeBlanc, vice-president for research and dean of studies and research at the Université ...

Moncton shelter to expand with provincial, federal support

The provincial and federal governments are investing a total of $480,000 for the purchase and renovation of a building to help Nazareth House expand its shelter operations. From left: Michel Cyr, president of the shelter’s board of directors; federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor; ‎Rita Barrieau, founder of Nazareth House; Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard; Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold; and ...

Minister presents certificate of recognition

Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard (right) presented Valerie Delong with a certificate, recognizing her as the New Brunswick recipient of the 2019 Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Award.