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About Us

Victoria Village is an incorporated, not for profit, charitable organization which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The “Village” overlooks the picturesque Queen’s Park (complete with 8 tennis courts), and is within easy walking distance of fine dining in downtown Barrie, a waterscape development overlooking beautiful Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe and a new public library that rivals many larger cities.


Every Life Lease residence is barrier-free designed for easy access (completely wheel-chair accessible). An expansive outdoor terrace offers a private view of the village’s gardens, Queen’s Park and beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. As a Life Lease resident, you can be assured of an independent lifestyle that offers all the security and worry-free maintenance you desire. There is an active social committee and the residents enjoy the large games room featuring a snooker table, shuffleboard and darts. The resident’s also have a large “Grand Parlour” with a complete kitchen, fire place, piano with access to the terrace and barbeque. Victoria Village owns a wheel-chair accessible bus which is used for resident outings.


Victoria Village is a unique community in the heart of Barrie which features:

• 57 Life Lease Housing Units.

• A 128 bed Long Term Care Facility with Hair Salon, Wellness Centre and Esthetic Services, Physical, Therapy Services, Ice Cream Parlour and Library.

• Commercial Space including a Café, Pharmacy, Law Office, Accounting Office, Massage Therapy, and various other community organizations.




History

 

The Challenge of an Aging Population

In the 2001 Census, Barrie and area had a population of 18,000 people aged 55 and above. At the present time Community Care Access Centre in Simcoe County has over 1400 seniors on the waiting list for long term care. 525 of those are waiting for accommodation within their community; a trend that will challenge local health services, families and the community at large for years to come.

 

Unfortunately to date, some of these individuals are placed in other communities at a distance from the love and support provided by their families. Seniors suffering from multiple physical ailments are now burdened with the loss of emotional support as well.

 

These statistics combined with the rapid population growth in Barrie helps explain the shortage of care in Simcoe County. Victoria Village is committed to adapting to meet the challenges of future needs in senior social, recreational and health care.


Our Seniors, Our Priority

 

Timelines of the making of Victoria Village

 

In 1989 a 'Long Term Care Committee' was developed to address the urgent need for long term care beds in Barrie. This committee was composed of health care professionals, long term care specialists and dedicated citizens throughout the region. They prepared a vision for the development of a much needed long term care facility to serve the City of Barrie and the surrounding region.

 

In June 1995 City Council recommended that the City of Barrie adopt the development of the Victoria Village project on the old Royal Victoria Hospital site. It was an opportunity to continue using the property for the betterment of the community, and to renew and reuse a valuable community asset. The property on which the older Royal Victoria Hospital was situated is rich in history. It had been the centre of the community's health care for over 100 years.

 

In 1997, the City of Barrie Long Term Care Committee became the Victoria Village Board of Directors and was incorporated. The Royal Victoria Hospital moved to its Georgian Drive location and work began on clearing out the old hospital.

 

In 2001, approval was granted by the Province of Ontario to fund 128 long term beds at Victoria Village, and construction began in January of 2002.

 

In July 2003, residents began moving into to the Life Lease building, a 57 unit residential complex on the Victoria Village site.

 

In December 2003, the building was officially opened and the first residents began moving into the Long Term Care facility, known as Victoria Village Manor.

 

In January 2004, the Community Centre began operation and the official public launch of the facility was attended by over two thousand, five hundred people!

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