The federal government is providing $9.37 million to Ronald McDonald House Ottawa to expand its services to families of children in medical care.
The funding will be used for a zero-carbon expansion that will add 22 more bedrooms and improve accessibility in the house, which has operated without an elevator for 38 years.
On Monday, during the announcement, Liberal MPs David McGuinty, Yasir Naqvi, Jenna Sudds and Treasury Board President Mona Fortier were present.
Danny Baldwin, Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors, says he is delighted with the expansion.
“It’s just the opportunity to provide more spaces, and bigger spaces for people who spend more time,” he said, adding that there will be more space for the brothers. and sisters and even separated families.
“The pandemic has actually given us insight into the kinds of things we need to design in the building, in terms of common spaces and a number of smaller private spaces.”
Work should begin in the spring of 2023 and should last 12 to 18 months. The house on Smyth Road near CHEO will continue to operate with 14 bedrooms during this time.
The completed expansion will provide an additional 7,300 nights for families traveling each year.