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Ford must urgently implement Ontario’s LTC COVID-19 commission recommendations

Long-term care resident
April 30, 2021 - 12:00 AM

TORONTO—Ontario Premier Doug Ford must stop politicking and immediately act on the final report of Ontario's Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission calling for a minimum daily care standard of four hours of hands-on care per resident.

"These recommendations must be implemented immediately to protect long-term care residents and workers," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "A minimum of four hours of care is a step in the right direction, but the needs of Ontario's long-term care sector cannot be ignored any longer."

The report also recommends attracting and retaining staffing, increasing funding for long-term care homes, governments to have pandemic preparedness plans, better infection controls, strengthening health care integration and improving accountability amongst all parties.

"Workers and families didn't need a study to tell them the standard hours of care were not enough," said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. "Now that Ford has the proof with recommended next steps in front of him, it's time for this government to take action."

The Commission released an interim report in December and a final report in February that was not released publicly until now. Unifor, alongside CUPE Ontario and SEIU, responded to the interim report calling on the government to implement a minimum daily care standard of four hours of hands-on care per resident.

Unifor testified before the Long-Term Care Commission in October, provided written submissions and had members testify anonymously.

To arrange a phone, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype interview or for more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647-448-2823 (cell).