Long Term care

Ensure governance over long term care in Halton

The lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on residents in long-term care (LTC) that impacted communities across the country. This was due to lack of governance over institutions by Province and Regions.

The sector has new legislation passed in 2021, the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021. Key measures include a commitment to provide an average of four hours of daily direct care per resident, new compliance and enforcement tools, and aligning the Residents’ Bill of Rights with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

As a Regional Councillor, I will advocate for increased funding for municipal homes to implement the changes and for emotion-focused models of care.

While the provincial government is responsible for LTC legislation, regulation and program requirements, municipal governments need to go above and beyond to make sure local seniors have access to quality services in the community. Many local governments operate additional homes and offer services that surpass provincial requirements. As per the Long-Term Care Act, upper and single-tier municipal governments in southern Ontario are responsible for establishing and maintaining long-term care facilities.