March 26, 2024 News

2024 Ontario budget

Statement from CEO Donna Duncan

On the 2024 Ontario budget:

“Thank you to the Government of Ontario for their unwavering commitment to Ontario’s seniors through ensuring access to high-quality, safe care in modern long-term care homes that focus on living well.

The province has seen more new homes built in the last two years than over the past decade – with over 10,000 new spaces advancing to construction since April 2022 – all while working to increase the number of staff available to focus on residents.

Today’s provincial budget continues this important work through providing significant new investments to advance more safe, modern, long-term care spaces, expand the hours of direct care and bring specialized care to more communities – all of which are critical to high quality care and the quality of life for residents living in long-term care.

No other jurisdiction has made this level of continued commitment and investment in long-term care. We thank Minister Cho for his dedicated leadership and all members of Government for these critical investments and the ongoing work to support long-term care homes as they build for the future.

With more than 43,000 people waiting for long-term care and Ontario’s 80+ population set to more than double by 2040, the government’s commitments are important to ensure long-term care will be there for those who need it.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association and our member homes share the Government’s vision to build a modern, high-quality and responsive long-term care system for current and future residents, their families and caregivers. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership to bring this vision to life.”

March 26, 2024