A healthy, vibrant community is necessary to support a healthy, vibrant economy.
To support the health and well-being of all Ontarians, the Ford PC Government has provided the following investments:
- $164 million to help long-term care homes prevent and contain Covid19.
- $108 million to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers for high-demand jobs in Ontario’s health and long-term care sector. These new supports will result in residents of long-term care receiving a minimum of 4 hours of direct care per day.
- $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs by ensuring hospitals can expand their hours and use surgical rooms on weekends. This is in addition to the $200 million announced last fall.
- $16.1 million to strengthen the Dedicated Offload Nurses Program to help improve ambulance offload times to get ambulances back in service quicker. The province also encourages ambulance attendants to monitor more than one patient to allow other paramedics to return to service.
- $1.7 million to support Workplace Safety North in developing mental health training and resources in the mining and forestry sector in Northern Ontario. There are currently 23,900 full-time workers in the Ontario mining sector and 57,400 workers in forestry, paper, and printing.
- $90 million over three years to fund the new Addictions Recovery Fund to expand addictions services and increase the number of treatment beds across the province by 396. The province will also fund 3 new police-partnered Mobile Crisis Response Teams to support individuals in mental health or addictions crises. These funds are in addition to the $175 million being invested over 3 years.
- Extending Health Card renewal requirements until September 30, 2022, and taking steps to enable online health card renewal in the coming months.
- $3.7 million to extend free rides to vaccination sites for people with mobility issues until March 31, 2022, including seniors and children.
- Expanding access to free Rapid Antigen Tests by distributing 5 million test kits each week for 8 weeks through local pharmacies and grocery locations. This is in addition to the tests distributed to businesses and industries and the 3.62 million tests shipped biweekly to the education and childcare sectors.
- Prioritizing the treatment of high-risk patients with the limited supply of the antiviral Covid19 treatment, Paxlovid.
- Providing coverage for continuous glucose monitoring devices for Ontarians living with Type 1 diabetes. The province will also provide coverage for Baqsimi, a new rescue medicine for severe hypoglycemic events. A caregiver can administer the nasal spray if the person with diabetes cannot do so themselves.
- Investing over half a billion dollars to help hospitals deal with backlogged surgeries caused by the Covid19 pandemic.
- Approving the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, with a campus in Thunder Bay, to be a stand-alone medical school, the first of its kind in Canada. This medical school is dedicated to producing more doctors that will stay in the north, including in the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding.
- $434,000 investment in Thunder Bay Radialis Medical Health Sciences Low-Dose Positron Emission Tomography pilot demonstration.
- $411,566 to Thunder Bay RegenMed Health Sciences Acellular Dermal Matrix
“Ontarians need access to timely, appropriate and state-of-the-art medical care. These investments in our medical system will help address the shortfalls and ensure that every Ontarian receives the level of care they need when they need it”. – Kevin Holland