Today, the Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, announced that after consulting with stakeholders, Ontario is extending the High Wage Transition Fund and the Structural Compliance Fund while it works on developing new programs to improve how long-term care is delivered in Ontario.
The government heard from stakeholders that minor capital is needed to help maintain long-term care homes. To address this, the government will be extending the Structural Compliance Premium to March 31, 2020, while it launches consultations this Fall on what a new minor capital program could look like. The government is also extending the High Wage Transition Fund to December 31, 2020, as it develops a long-term care staffing strategy.
“The transitional extension of these funding streams is to ensure that gaps in long-term care staffing and funding can be addressed, while we work to modernize and increase access for long-term care in Ontario” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Today’s announcement is an example of how our government is responding to the long-term care sector’s needs and fulfilling our commitment to build a 21st century long-term care system that meets the needs of Ontario’s most vulnerable people.”
Ontario is continuing to work with the long-term care sector to ensure the system is responsive to the needs of Ontarians by increasing access and reducing waitlists, while also maintaining patient safety and ensuring high standards of care.
“As Minister of Long-Term Care, I am committed to building a system that focuses on residents and a place our province’s most vulnerable people can call home. We must work together to change the way long-term care works in Ontario,” added Fullerton.