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By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: September 15, 2020 17:00

Province spending $18-million to repurpose shipping containers

Image: courtesy Steve Lambert - The Canadian Press

The Manitoba government has awarded a construction tender to Manitoba-based PCL Constructors Canada Inc. for the development and construction of all-season shelters at personal care homes to allow residents to safely visit with loved ones. 

A total of $18 million is being invested in visitation shelters consisting of single-use shipping containers repurposed and fitted-out for a completely finished visiting facility.

Each unit will have a visiting room with space for one resident and up to five visitors. Visitors will enter the visiting room from the outside of the personal care home, while an enclosed link will ensure residents have direct access from the personal care home. Electrical and mechanical systems have been designed to ensure each shelter is functional all year round. In keeping with public health guidelines, systems will be in place to provide required air changes and interior finishes will allow easy cleaning.   

The new all-season shelters are just another precaution in place at personal care homes to protect vulnerable residents, including strict visitor restrictions, enhanced screening for staff and the implementation of a one-site staffing model.

The outdoor shelters are expected to be operational by November. In addition to the outdoor shelters, work continues to develop indoor visitation rooms at some sites where visitors can easily access the space from outside the personal care home and maintain the same public health requirements as the outdoor shelters. 

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