Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario Proposes Significant Changes to Long-Term Care Sector
Date: October 29, 2021
On October 28, 2021, the Ontario government announced a substantial overhaul of the long-term care sector in Ontario, following on the report of the Long-Term Care Commission.
On the same date, the government tabled Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021. If passed, Bill 37 would repeal the current Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and would enact the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021. It would also make amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010.
Among other things, the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 would require a commitment to be established to provide an average of four hours of daily direct care per resident per day by March 31, 2025, and would establish new compliance and enforcement tools, with increased fines for offences committed under the legislation.
We are reviewing Bill 37 and will be providing a further communication on it in the coming days.
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