“After decades of neglect, our government continues to take action to fix Ontario’s Long-Term Care sector,”

This was the message Ontario's Minister of Long-Term Care, Rod Phillips made last week as he announced a $270 million investment to increase staffing at long-term care homes across the province.

“Our plan is built on three pillars staffing and care, accountability enforcement, and transparency, and building modern safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Phillips.

This investment will create an increase in new staffing levels by 4,050 across the province. This in turn will increase the daily average to three hours per day, per resident by the end of the fiscal year. Currently, residents are receiving an average of two hours and 45 minutes of direct care from nurses and personal support workers.

This funding also includes $42.8 million to homes to increase care by allied health care professionals that are key to ensuring quality care for residents (such as physiotherapists and social workers), by 10 per cent this year.

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Phillips, “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”

Over the next four years, the government will be investing $4.9 billion to increase care to their goal of four hours of resident care daily by hiring more than 27,000 staff.

Below is the breakdown of the government's investments:

  • $270 million in 2021-22
  • $673 million in 2022-23

  • $1.25 billion in 2023-24

  • $1.82 billion in 2024-25

In the coming days, homes will also be receiving allocations for the additional funding up to 2024-25 to assist them in planning future staffing needs to meet the new care requirements.