Provincial officials tell us they’re getting closer to building some all-season shelters to help make sure Manitoban’s living in personal care homes (PCH) can still visit with their loved ones during the pandemic.

A total of $17.9 million is being invested in these heated outdoor visitation shelters for personal care homes in the province, which have space for one resident and up to five visitors.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said Manitoba care homes have been forced to take extensive precautions to protect vulnerable residents, including strict visitor restrictions, but hope these all-season shelters will help ensure much-needed visits with loved ones can continue uninterrupted.

Manitoba-based PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded a construction tender by the provincial government.

These outdoor shelters are expected to be operational by November.