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H.J. McFarland Memorial Home Redevelopment


The County of Prince Edward operates H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, a long-term care facility, in Picton. Built in 1975, the current Home is a two-storey facility consisting of 84 beds.

The municipality has approval to operate 76 additional beds and has new standards it must meet as set by the Ministry of Long-term Care.

Over the next several years, the municipality intends to construct a brand new 160-bed facility on four acres of municipally owned land adjacent to the existing long-term care home. The current H.J. McFarland Memorial Home will remain in operation while the new building is under construction. Should a new long-term care building be in place, the municipality could repurpose the existing building to address housing and childcare needs in the community.

Budget information:

The financial plan for the redevelopment is under development. County Council will receive a report in Fall 2023 with an update on the financial aspects of the project.

Project Status:

Design Phase

The redevelopment team -- consisting of H.J. McFarland managers and front-line team members, the architects, and consultants -- is finalizing the functional programing (operations) and pre-design phase.

Project Details:

Based on this preliminary work, design standards and best practice guidance, the building is currently projected to be 108,000 – 120,000 square feet in size, providing approximately 675-750 square feet per resident bed for the 160-bed home.

To date, the functional program and pre-design work has progressed and focused on the following key elements:

  • Private spaces                 
  • Resident home areas (“neighbourhoods”) as building blocks                                       
  • Resident Home Area  – Communal resident spaces  
  • Resident Home Area  – Support services and shared functions                    
  • Central/shared community and outdoor areas                   
  • Administration services and staff amenities                       
  • Central and building services

Public Consultation

Several open houses to provide key stakeholders with an update on the work that has happened to date on the design of the redeveloped long-term care home. The open houses will also give stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the various elements of the new long-term care home.

  • August 29 from 10 am – 12 pm: H.J. McFarland Memorial Home staff, volunteers and residents
  • August 29 from 2 – 4 pm: Family Council, Residents’ Council and resident family members
  • August 29 from 6 – 8 pm: H.J. staff unable to attend morning open house
  • *All sessions on August 29 will be held at the current H.J. McFarland Memorial Home
  • August 30 from 12 pm – 2 pm: General public and media
  • August 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm: General public
  • *Two identical sessions will be held at the Picton Town Hall

Staff Contact

Kyle Cotton
Director or Long-Term Care

Phone: 613.476.2138 ext. 132