Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Kensington Gardens in Toronto today to announce that Ontario has allocated 5,000 new long-term care (LTC) beds in communities across the province.
This is part of the province's commitment to build 5,000 new beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade. These 5,000 new beds will include nearly 500 new beds for Indigenous communities and over 1,500 new beds for specific cultures, including Francophone communities. The new beds are in addition to the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped.
Premier Wynne spoke about how these investments will give seniors better access to high-quality, culturally appropriate professional care and help them continue to live happy and healthy lives.
Ontario is also investing more than $300 million over the next three years to hire an additional registered nurse at every LTC home, and to increase the provincial average to four hours of daily care per resident by 2022. This will ensure that every home will have staff with specialized training in behavioural supports, and in palliative and end-of-life care.
These investments, as well as a substantial 4.6 per cent increase in funding for the hospital sector and more support for home care, will improve access to care and reduce wait times in the health system to better meet the needs of a growing and aging population.
The government is also improving life for more seniors by:
Making long-term care better and more accessible is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
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