Many operators are exploring the means by which they can upgrade B and C category beds to Level A in order to meet current Ministry of Health Design Standards. This requirement provides both opportunities and challenges for LTC operators. Upgraded and new facilities can equip management to more effectively address the multitude of client and staff requirements. Concurrently, the new funding initiatives provide potential opportunities for additional revenues and greater financial stability.

Over the past 35 years Snyder Architects has been privileged to design and successfully complete more than 80 long term care projects, including renovations, additions, and new construction across the province of Ontario, totaling more than 7000 long term care beds, and many other types of seniors’ housing.  We have also renovated and redeveloped several facilities whilst leaving present residents undisturbed. Having been closely involved in the development of the Design Manual for Long Term Care Homes under the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), SA are fully conversant with all the guidelines that ensure standards are met. With experience with the MOHLTC funding model, we are able to work with clients productively to find a balance between financial constraint and life cycle costing.

Given the complexities of redevelopment, the design and execution of a comprehensive plan is mandatory for success. With this experience in long term care design, the firm is well versed in the Ministry of Health’s funding model and standards and relevant revisions and further changes that will occur for the B & C bed renewal program.

In addition to providing conventional architectural services, some clients have requested more control over their projects by electing to engage us as Project Managers. This has resulted in tight control of the program process and improved quality, costing and scheduling. Since 2000, we have offered this method of project delivery for over $350 million in completed construction value.

For further information please contact Doug Snyder by telephone at 416.520.1790 or email at

We invite you to examine a selection of our projects in our LTC and Seniors’ Care Portfolio


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