SIMCOE – Long-term care is one of the highlights of 2021 budget titled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.

To address decades of neglect, and help those waiting to get into long-term care, Ontario is investing an additional $933 million over four years, for a total of $2.6 billion. This will continue to support the building of 30,000 new long-term care beds over 10 years.

Ontario is also investing $246 million over the next four years to improve living conditions in existing homes, including ensuring homes have air conditioning for residents so loved ones can live in comfort and with dignity and respect.

To protect loved ones in long-term care from the deadly COVID-19 virus, Ontario is investing an additional $650 million in 2021-2022. This brings the total resources invested since the beginning of the pandemic to protect our most vulnerable to over $2 billion. 

Ontario is also investing $4.9 billion over four years to increase the average direct daily care to four hours a day in long-term care, and hiring more than 27,000 new positions, including personal support workers and nurses.

In addition to the previously-announced new long term care bed expansions in Port Dover and Hagersville, we will now see new and upgraded beds at the Delhi Long Term Care Centre and new beds at Dunnville’s Edgewater Gardens.

“Our seniors have contributed so much to our economy over the years. They deserve to age with dignity,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “These investments will help realize these goals, both locally in Haldimand-Norfolk and across Ontario.”

For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org