Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #09-283
December 10, 2009

Thomson Centre Going Back to its Beginnings

WHITEHORSE – Thomson Centre will once again serve as a residence for Yukoners requiring long-term care. The Yukon government will lease space in the centre from the hospital and will convert the building back into a long-term care facility.

“We are facing increased demands for long-term care and palliative care beds,” Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart said. “The need will continue to grow and we have a facility that was designed expressly for this purpose. The repairs and upgrades will bring the building up to code for a residential facility.”

Thomson Centre opened in 1993 as an extended care facility designed to house residents requiring a high level of care. Prior to its closing in 2002 for repairs, it housed 44 residents. The facility was taken over by the hospital in 2008.

A request for proposals for planning and design of the required repairs and upgrades to the first 19 beds and preparations for adjoining space is expected to be released before January.



Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications


Pat Living
Communications, Health & Social Services