Provincial subsidy for seniors’ homes falls short: Critics

Almost half of all long term seniors’ care homes in Ontario need to be rebuilt or renovated, but government subsidies to help them do so are falling short, says a new industry report.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association is calling for the province to abolish municipal development fees for care homes, and to ensure that construction subsidies keep pace with inflation.

“We need to renew 300-plus homes and the current program won’t get us there in entirety,” said Candace Chartier, head of the OLTCA, which represents over two thirds of the private, public and non-profit care homes in Ontario.

On Monday, the organization released Building Better Long-Term Care: Priorities to keep Ontario from failing its seniors, a submission to the Ontario government’s 2017 budget plan.

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