The Ford PC Government’s passage of the Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors and Building More Beds Act ensures that all seniors in long-term care can live in dignity with the quality of care they deserve.
The three pillars of the Act will improve staffing and care, protect residents through accountability, enforcement and transparency and build more modern, safe and comfortable homes for seniors.
The Act includes:
- Establishing in law the commitment to provide an average of four hours of direct care per resident per day by March 31, 2025, by increasing interim goals.
- Establishing new compliance and enforcement tools
- Strengthening the Resident’s Bill of Rights and recognizing the vital role of caregivers.
- Improving protections for residents against financial abuse.
- Investing $4.9 billion over four years to support more than 27,000 new positions in long-term care, including personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses.
- Providing an additional $72.3 million over 3 years to increase enforcement capacity, including doubling the number of inspectors by 2022-23. This will make Ontario’s inspector to long-term care homes ratio the highest in Canada.
- Making a historic 6.4 billion investment to deliver 30,000 net new long-term care beds by 2028 and about 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.
- Launching the new Long-Term Care Home Finder website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/long-term-care-ontario as a search tool to provide prospective residents with a one-stop-shop to find and compare long-term care homes across the province, with each home having a profile page.
- As a result of the recommendations made in the Long-Term Care Covid-19 Commission Report, the province is investing $22 million over three years to implement Ontario-made technology to integrate clinical information between hospitals and long-term care, streamline re-admissions, share information with families and ensure vulnerable seniors get the highest quality care possible.
- Expanding the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care Program to 33 communities, making it available to all seniors across Ontario. This program helps care for seniors in their own homes while waiting for long-term care beds.
- Removing barriers makes it easier for not-for-profit homes to secure development loans to help increase the number of beds in long-term care.
- $6.6 million in 2022-23 community grand funding for seniors-based projects that help Ontario seniors stay safe, healthy, active and connected to families and friends in their communities.
“Both urban and rural municipalities have a role to play in meeting the long-term care needs of their residents, which will allow them to remain in a familiar environment. My vision where residents can remain in a familiar environment is being realized in the Pines on Hume long-term care facility, which I had the pleasure of championing .” – Kevin Holland