04/28/2015 11:42 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador turns to private sector to help with long-term care

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government says a British Columbia Crown corporation will help the province establish four new long-term care facilities.Premier Paul Davis says the province will use a competitive selection process to build and operate facilities that will have a total of 360 beds.He says the projects will proceed with the help of private and non-profit providers with the assistance of Partnerships BC, which is mandated to support the public sector with infrastructure needs.The new facilities will be built in or near Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and in the northeast corner of the Avalon Peninsula.Davis says addressing the growing demand for long-term care is a top concern for the province despite its economic challenges.